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October, 2017 Art by Elisabeth Schön Words by Judy Swann
Art by Elisabeth Schön
The postpartum period is a surreal time and space that can hurt or heal a woman but either way she’ll never forget it with her in body in flux and a human being that just came through her and is utterly dependent on her for survival. Their meeting binds them as she’s confronted with her biology and its vulnerability.
Words by Judy Swann
I threw rose petals on the ground
and her pink slippers slid on that silky surface,
the Muse, when she came just now.
Her small hooves have worn every fabric, every skin,
every color, my kids
try them on when she slips them off.
Her little goat horns wobbled and she scolded,
“Why am I not connecting? Why so many
dreams and so little in my basket, Fool?”
By ‘Fool’ she meant ‘Innocent Child.’
She said, and I could see her beard,
she said, “Tell me that you love me.”
“I am,” I said, “not sleeping alone.”
She said, “Tell me that you love me.”
I said she was always on my mind, I called
As often as I could. She said,
“Tell me that you love me.” I said “I’ve spent twenty years,
two husbands, and all my thrift on those roses.”
Judy Swann is a poet, essayist, translator, mom, blogger, and bicycle commuter, whose work has been published in many venues both in print and online, including the Mom Egg Review. Her son is (always) on his way home. Her book, We Are All Well: The Letters of Nora Hall has given her great joy. She loves. She lives in Ithaca, NY.
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