A Literary Journal for New and Established Voices

Category: Essays

Almost There

“Are you there yet?” is something I wonder about my kids in both real and existential ways, though none of the three are truly kids anymore. I wonder where they are, if they are there. I wonder who they are, who they’re becoming. Whether it’s the person they thought, or the one I did. Or either.

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Feeding More Than Birds

As the years go on and my parents’ health declines, their stalwart feeder has come to feel like a metaphor. It’s how I want my mother and father to remain, strong and robust, living on their own in the home they love, their lives staying vibrant, the two of them fluttering around doing all the things they love dearly.

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Café of Secrets

There must be a silent thread that connects all mothers around the world, ties our hands to fill the empty mouths of starving children, our feet to walk them to safety, our lips to rooster their causes. It’s a secret we understand so deeply; we don’t even need to speak of it.

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