Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Pacifier Ode


next to the shiny
cans priced with promise
for smart growth,
superpowered limbs,
beside the temperature
sensitive spoons, sippy cups
bibs with cartoon faces--
things you never thought to need--

presides the paci, dummy, baby
comforter, all soother
silicone or rubber nub,
earlier a knot of fabric
soaked with the good stuff,
the thing you said no
to before you knew
the bite of attachment parenting

before the cry that broke
your single will, before
the warmth of plastic, sucking
like a fetus, like a magician
that bends objects beyond
what’s possible
to this two-dimension time and space,
unnatural body that’s better
than a fleshy nipple

Sandra L. Faulkner is Professor of Communication and Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Bowling Green State University where she researches, writes, and teaches about sex and sexuality in close relationships. Her poetry appears in places like Literary Mama, Ithaca Lit, Gulf Stream, and damselfly. She knits, runs, and writes poetry about her feminist middle-aged rage in NW Ohio with her partner, their warrior girl, and two rescue mutts.

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So wonderful, Sandra!
Sandra, I really like the flow of the poem, no periods, and the subtle rhyme. I see the connection to my poem--something you thought you would not do when you were a mother. Elaine
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