Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Coloring in College

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My twins sit next to me in a college
classroom. To blend in I
wear hip-huggers,
clogs, a cowl-neck sweater.
Through the metal blinds
I stare at our VW Bug,
nestled among Vegas,
Novas, Renegades.

Snow falls fast, steady, camouflaging
the dinge of a Jersey February.
I could easily buckle
the girls in the backseat,
slip and slide the Bug onto the
Parkway and never look back,
erase this state from memory.

The rise and fall of the professor's
voice brings me back into the
classroom. I twirl my long,
bleached hair, highlight phrases
in Intro to Psych hoping my notes
hold the answer for keeping

my family together. I smile
as the girls color outside the lines
in matching books. Cinderella's
pumpkin chariot, a flaming globe,
green tendrils raining

from stem, lips extend across cheek,
a thick red line bleeding into white space.

Dawn Leas’ work has appeared online at Gold Wake Press, Willows Wept Review, Writer’s Bloc, and Southern Women’s Review, as well as in Interstice, and as a part of 2009 Poetry in Transit project. She has work forthcoming in 2010 Poetry in Transit. In October 2010, Finishing Line Press will release her first chapbook, I Know When to Keep Quiet. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University, and currently teaches English at Wyoming Seminary in northeastern Pennsylvania where she resides with her husband and two sons. She is grateful to be able to say that she survived her oldest son’s first year in college.

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