Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Motherhood Koan


When trying to catch a horse it helps if you look away...
Some horsemen never come out of this. --Michael Earl Craig

I was the gateless gate
my job to gentle you
without your knowing

I approached obliquely
with soft noises
and averted eyes

my wild foal
to fill your hollow
I spilled everything

who will be left
in this empty field
when you gallop away

Beth Suter grew up in rural Missouri living close to the land. She studied Environmental Science at U.C. Davis and taught outdoor education for many years. After her son was born it was clear he needed extra support so she decided to stay home and work with him. He has since been treated for sensory processing issues. The first few years of parenting were very intense and her son was her only focus. When he started school, Beth joined a writing group and started trying to articulate her experience of motherhood.

Beth’s work has appeared in The Yolo Crow, The Avocet, The American River Review, Tule Review, and is forthcoming inĀ The Snowy Egret. Beth won first place in the 2013 Ina Coolbrith Poetry Contest (nature category) and was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. She has been a featured reader at the Sacramento Poetry Center.

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