Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
9 and a 1/2 Months

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There is only this:
A boy. Fifteen steps
are not too many to climb.
But, this time, he pulls
himself up, he stumbles.
I stand behind and then I
do something far less
motherly. I put him
in his playpen. On the baby
monitor, I can hear him
scream. The dog lies
beside me. We both sit
mute for a moment,
drown out the sound.

Lori D’Angelo lives in Virginia with her husband, son, two dogs, and a cat. Her work has appeared in various journals including Drunken Boat, Stirring, and Word Riot. She is currently finishing a novel and looking forward to the cooler days of fall.

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