Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
The Slide

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The books tower
slide
and reside
on the desk
beside her
bed.

New glasses perched
on the end
of her nose.
Pillows
just so.
Lost
in another
book.

He peers
through her
door.
Longingly.
Dancing,
foot to foot,
knowing better.

He drops his
head.
Walks
away.

He cries,
big tears.
"She's reading
"again.
"To herself.
"Not to me!"

We sit
in the chair.
The green one
just
for this.

"Buh . . . I . . . Guh . . .
"Buh, I, Guh
"Big.
"Mom! Buh I Ghh is big!
"Every single time!"

And The
Slide
begins
on the desk
beside
his
bed.


Cindy Urbanski is the author of Using the Workshop Approach in the High School English Classroom: Modeling Effective Writing, Reading and Thinking Strategies for Student Success and co-author of Thinking Out Loud on Paper: The Student Daybook as a Tool to Foster Learning. Her work also appears in English Journal and NCETA. She lives in North Carolina with her spouse, two children, and yellow lab where she is the associate director of the UNC Charlotte Writing Project and is working towards a Ph.D. in urban literacy.


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