Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
The Girl Who Lives in the Keyhole

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for Alice

The girl who lives in the keyhole
crept from the spine of a storybook
into that impossible aperture.

How she escaped the kingdom of wolves
to fly through our dark house
to your door, I do not know.

At night, when shadows swim
across the floor of your room,
rise, child, throw off the sheets.

Press your ear to the lock.
Listen to her golden whispers.
Let her tell you everything she knows.

Mary McMyne’s writing and poetry has appeared in Los Angeles Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pedestal Magazine, New Delta Review, Word Riot, and other journals. Her poetry chapbook, Wolf Skin, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. A recipient of the Faulkner Prize for a Novel-in-Progress and a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, she lives with her daughter, Alice, and husband, David, in northern Michigan, where she teaches writing at Lake Superior State University and co-edits Border Crossing, a journal of literature and art. Visit her website to learn more.

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