standing in front of the living room window
with the toddler on my hip.
"Spin me, more," he says.
"Let's look at the baby birds," I answer.
The new birds on the bare branches
comfort with earliest spring, February mild
at the edge of the world.
We look out onto the cemetery
there the green, there the gray
months to go before another summer.
Jessica Berger Gross is the author of enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer (Skyhorse) and editor of the award-winning anthology About What Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing and Hope (Plume). Originally from New York, Jessica lives in Vancouver, BC, with her husband and their three-year-old son Lucien. She writes the Enlightened Motherhood blog every Monday and Wednesday for yogajournal.com.
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