Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Nursing Barbie

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Leaning forward
on her diapered seat
the baby grabs the Barbie
with frayed hair and

undresses her,
jerkily, like pulling
the wrapper
from a candy bar.

Tossing the dress on the floor,
she tips her head, evaluating
the plastic molded body,
then opens her baby mouth,

ready to nurse,
the firm plastic breast
her working ready

Katherine Suzanne Harris is a writer living in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She has published essays about being a maternity nurse in two anthologies as well as personal essays in several newspapers. She is looking for a publisher for her book “Stumbling Toward Delivery” which recounts the experience of becoming both a nurse and a mother. Her blog is Becoming Crow Lady.

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