Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Reading in Bed


We started the day
reading in bed
with too-sweet tea,
comic books,
and a long argument
about a line Archie says
to Jughead

We forgot
I am your mother
how much you need me
to hold you in close
to the warm skin
across my rib
and tell you how
the universe is made
waiting like an open flower
for you

You are my young son
but for a moment
we were the same age
in relative time,
wanting so badly
for our simple thoughts
to correspond
so that we could feel
an order to this place
we're moving through

Kirsten Jones Neff is a writer and gardening teacher who lives with her husband and three children in a small rural corner of Novato, California. Her first chapbook, When the House is Quiet, won the 2009 Starting Gate Prize and a 2010 Pushcart nomination from Finishing Line Press. Her work has appeared or is upcoming in Spillway, Spoon River Poetry Review, When The Muse Calls: Poems for The Creative Life, 34th Parallel, The Believer, The Marin Poetry Center Anthology, and elsewhere. Her website has a link to her organic gardening blog, Good Dirt.

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