Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Mother Less, Mother More

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Mother Goose, Mother Guess
which Mother he'll love best:

Den Mother, Done Mother,
Fit Mother, Fat Mother,

Stepmother, Stop Mother,
Hip Mother, Hot Mother,

Grandmother, Grind Mother,
Smother-All-the-Time Mother,

Motherlode, Motherland,
Mother Bored by All She's Planned,

Host Mother, Post Mother,
Modern-Slice-of-Toast Mother,

Skip the Jokes and Roast Mother,
Pocket Full of Post-Its Mother,

Ring Around the Collar Mother,
Pinch a Penny Now Mother,

Mother Speaking Motherese:
Mother, May I? Mother, Please:

scrambled, easy, slice of cheese.
Find a Mother, pick her up,

& all the day you'll have a Cutlet,
Folded Laundry, a Full-Service Spa;

Mother Cheering, Mother Swearing
Sis-Boom-Bah! Mother See

as Mother Do: Bad Mother,
Good Mother, Done the Best She Could

Mother. Now you see her,
now you don't, and you never have

the one you want.


Melisa “Misha” Cahnmann-Taylor is Mama to Oren Ben, born May 2007, with a new baby on the way Fall 2009! She is joyfully challenged, sharing motherhood and work as Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. She has won several prizes, including the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes. A list of her journal and book publications can be found at her website, where one can also hear a recorded poetry podcast reading of “Mother Less, Mother More.”


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