Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Wendy Lady

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My children are almost
my age.
When I fly
they believe I am a bird.
They built a house
just for me, but I still
visit them
underground
in the sky.
At night
I tuck them into my stories.
I arrange them all
neatly--
with Mermaids
and Pirates--
where they are always
about to die,
where they are safe
from growing up.
I leave
the windows open
so they can escape.
I leave the windows open
to catch them.


Katie Manning lives in Louisiana with her husband and newborn baby. She is Editor-in-Chief of Rougarou: An Online Literary Journal and a doctoral fellow in English at UL-Lafayette. Her writing has been published online in Hospital Drive, Foundling Review, and The Pedestal Magazine, among other journals and anthologies, and she is the 2011 winner of The Nassau Review‘s Author Award for Poetry.


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How exhilarating.Your words exquisite. Your dreaming reality.
....and your wisdom powerful.
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