Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
In the Bathroom Mirror

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There is little to be said
on the mornings her mother sleeps.
After corn flakes and jelly toast,
the girl stands facing the mirror,
steadies her frame against the razor-stubbled sink.
The bright of the light shines too early
and he squints as he tips his head to the right
finding the center of her hairline,
his concentration quieting any small talk
he might otherwise attempt; all but the
small click of his nails as he gathers
ropes of her hair, right over left over right.
She watches his eyes, studies his jaw
wonders if someday she'll stand
in front of the mirror, scrape shave-cream
off her tipped-back chin,
swish the razor in the puddled sink water.


Lorraine Henrie Lins is the author of a full-length book of poetry entitled All the Stars Blown to One Side of The Sky, and two chapbooks: I Called It Swimming and Delaying Balance. Lins is a Pennsylvania Poet Laureate in Bucks County and serves as the Director of New and Emerging Poets with Tekpoet. Lins’ poems have appeared in numerous publications, as well as several online journals and collections. Born and raised in the suburbs of Central New Jersey, the self-professed Jersey Girl now resides outside of Philadelphia with her family and several dogs, where she has learned to pump her own gas.


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