Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
To My Daughter, After a Fight

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Raising you I hold
my character up to the light.
Check the watermark --
cheap paper, plain and coarse.

How to teach you virtues
I don't always possess?
The future branches,
a puzzle tree, impossible to climb.

Forgive me: my shouted words
mattered more than the medium.
Before you write your own page,
I ask you to consider mine.


Anna Evans is raising two daughters, now aged 10 and 8. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Harvard Review, Atlanta Review, Rattle, and Measure. She is the editor of the Barefoot Muse and gained her MFA from Bennington College. Her chapbook “Swimming” is available from Maverick Duck Press.


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