Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
The Trajectory of Her Legs

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The pedals have been slipping
under her booted will to turn corners,
stretch into longer and longer afternoons.
Not one notch, or two, but three
full clinks the top-tube lengthens,
the bike adjusted, for now,
to this lanky new girl-body.

Fingers are counted upon, words slip
from her lips like pigeons spiraling,
white-bellied notes above the wire.
I do nothing but hold
back. These growing pains
are like the stretch-marks I didn't know
I would one day welcome,
a map to trace the moments
between coming, going
and soon-to-be gone.

Kristin Berger‘s poetry and non-fiction has appeared in The American Poetry Journal, The Comstock Review, Pilgrimage, Under the Sun, and online at Conte, Hot Metal Press, Sea Stories among others. Her collection of poems, For the Willing, will be available from Finishing Line Press in 2007/2008. She lives in Portland with her husband, daughter and son.

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