Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood

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Unwrapped fig tree,
seemingly dormant.

How long to wait
to be sure?

Removal of what was, could have been
and other compound tenses, like the future.

Poet and essayist Chloe Yelena Miller teaches writing privately, at Fairleigh Dickinson University and at Politics & Prose Bookstore. Her first poetry collection, Unrest, is available from Finishing Line Press. She lives with her husband and infant son in Washington, D.C. Visit her blog at

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