The Best Literary Writing About Mothers and Motherhood

Colette Tennant – Tidepools

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Colette Tennant

Tidepools

Studying the insistent moon,
tidepools are sturdy mothers.
They hold parabolas of changing water,
cover gray sculpins in the folds
of their shadowed skirts,
lift stars the color of sunsets toward
the only light they will ever know,
unfold purple urchins like
many-fingered queens.


Colette Tennant has two poetry books: Commotion of Wings and Eden and After. Her poems have been included in Prairie Schooner, Rattle, Poetry Ireland Review and others. She’s thankful for mother figures throughout her life. Colette has three grown children.

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