Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood

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To mourn a woman,
carry her picture, wear her lapel pin.

There’s nothing to wear, carry
after a miscarriage.

In Japan, mothers mourn
lost "water children."
Gardens of small statues
in red knitted hats, bibs.

Hands in my pockets,
I stand at the edge of the Tidal Basin,
wilted cherry blossoms above and below.

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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So true - love that you incorporated how Japanese women mourn into your own mourning, yet how you still remain alone in you grief.
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