Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
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My daughter loves improper
fractions.

I look on, alarmed, as she
balances

larger and larger numbers on top:
eleven,

then twenty-five, now ninety
over two.

Figures pile up, hazardous, tilting
the division bar.

"Are you supposed to reduce them?"
I ask.

"No," she says, "we didn't learn
simplifying yet."

She moves on to spelling words–
precarious,

she underlines, impetuous, embarrassed,
giggles

as her definitions overflow the margins,
swimming

up the right side of the paper, across
the blue lines,

until she sets down her pencil,
satisfied.


Meg Yardley lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including the East Bay Review, Rogue Agent, SWWIM, Peauxdunque Review, and District Lit.


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