Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
At Home (with young children)


The smallness of
this long day,
minutes parceled out
by tweezer.

Fingers combing carpet fibers,
grooming this house,
feeling for earnestly snipped scraps
in school-dull colors.

Finding, too, grievances
like unpopped kernels,
to be picked up,
polished with care
between thumb and fingertip,
and slipped into my mouth.

Anne Salzman Kurzweg is a mother of three and a lawyer who posts cartoons on instagram. Raised in New Jersey, now at home in Pittsburgh, she received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, JD from University of Pittsburgh, and LLM from the University of Pennsylvania. All her published writing was long ago and law-related; this is the first poem she has ever submitted for publication.

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Wonderful poem- captures that time of life so well!
You got it, Annie Kurzweg. Now I'm doing same for grandchildren - those days never end (thank goodness).
Yes! Grievances like unpopped kernels - there's a thought. Love the words, alliteration of your poem.
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