Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Two Olives, Please

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Mommy takes a long swig of cocktail,
always a chance for blurt,
a revelation somehow
of something we never wanted.
Did you know,
and so it begins.
There’s another sister somewhere,
on another shore,
another one of you.
Wide-eyed, my sister and I
pause
as she orders another martini.
Two olives, please.

This third remains unknown.
It was the war and Daddy was lonely,
she sighs and sips,
didn’t know the possibility of us,
couldn’t make it right on foreign shores.
He was blinded by Mommy’s shining allure,
undefined promises
beckoning him homeward.
So the baby disappeared
decades gone
into distant geography.
She shows up now,
amid swish and clink
at this luncheon of sly glances
and gaping mouths,
watching us silently
from another womb.


Karen Corinne Herceg has a B.A. from Columbia University and graduate credits in advanced writing.  She published a volume of poetry, Inner Sanctions, and a second is in progress. She published recently in Chronogram, Orange Sullivan Magazine, The Writing Disorder, The Furious Gazelle, Immortal Verses, From A Window: Harmony, Inkwell, and Chrysalis.  She is currently co-authoring the autobiography of music producer Glenn Goodwin.  Karen resides in New York where she is an active participant in the Hudson Valley poetry circuit. You can follow Karen on Facebook and Twitter: @karen_herceg.


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This is not only well-crafted, it is rather original, and realistic.
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