Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Peek-a-boo Baby

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The baby is on board.
He cannot disagree.
He cannot see what is hidden,
does not know a thing can hide.
He lives the miracle of loaves
and fishes. For him
there is no there or later.
So many presents
in this life. There is
no less. His parents interpret
his "here, here"
to mean "hear, hear."
He cannot object.
He has no permanent
language. A hand waving
in front of a face is both
signifier and signified:
Hello, good-bye.
Hello, good-bye.
In this way, loss
is constant. Loss
and the absence of loss.

Shannon Armitage is a family therapist and parent coach in private practice in Seattle, WA. Her very creative daughters, ages 3 and 1, prompt most of her writing time with requests for stories about “strawberries and trains!” She writes a blog about coping with the challenges of life’s transitions.

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