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GRACE MARIE GRAFTON : The Mother's body
GRACE MARIE GRAFTON : Work and silence

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GRACE MARIE GRAFTON
The Mother's body

lack of resonance with the mother’s body creates chronic fear imprinted in the cells of the child --Marion Woodman, psychologist
The nickel orange is long past. Word is: even the Nile may be shrinking, or expanding wrongly beyond its traditional limits, narrow now becomes too wide. Doomsayers’ field day. Ostentatious sound systems wound the airwaves, nervous sweat oozes. Who can reassure those whose mothers wished to drown them? Which of us is not them? Over the palm trees flaps the winter raven. Odd to see it there, if one’s aware of the natural order. But many changes wrought by humans have unwoven the original net. It’s possible to see it as wonder. For those whose mothers wanted them.

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GRACE MARIE GRAFTON
Work and silence

She used to wash clothes in the yard. “We put them in a huge iron pot and built a fire underneath and stirred them with a stick.” Sycamore leaves overhead dried from the heat. He hanged himself down by the river on a branch. He was old when he learned about his throat cancer. Or was it of the nose? Either stop eating or breathing. Chose the warrior way out. “He didn’t want to bother us. It was right; the children were so young they took all my time. Wouldn’t want them to see their grandfather like that.” Less and less do I want to talk unless like leaves new-green rub against each other, or the fins of fish rudder through current. Ravens have been in the area. One perches on the sawed-off valley oak, mutters un-cawlike sounds. Talking about its past?

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Grace Marie Grafton’s most recent book, Jester, was published by Hip Pocket Press. She is the author of six collections of poetry. Her poems won first prize in the Soul Making contest (PEN women, San Francisco), and the annual Bellingham Review contest. Poems recently appear in Sin Fronteras, The Cortland Review, Canary, CA Quarterly, Askew, Fifth Wednesday Journal, poetrymagazine.com and West Trestle Review.


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