Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
New Mother Blues

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because her daughter refuses to nurse
the new mother’s milk drips like tears
she paces the worn linoleum floor
daughter in diapers straddles her hip

the new mother’s milk drips like tears
two feral cats cry outside her window
daughter in diapers straddles her hip
she offers her breast; her daughter cries

new mother feeds cats from her window
paces the worn linoleum floor
she offers her breast; the mother cries:
her daughter refuses to nurse


Adrienne Hernandez’s poems have appeared online in Big City Lit and in Cyclamens and Swords and will soon appear in the forthcoming anthology, A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley. She is the mother of two grown children and lives in New York with her husband and their three cats.


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This is lovely. The form is perfect for that new baby, trying-to-nurse time.
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