Poems of Motherhood

Persian Lilac
For Taleen

Smell of Persian lilac
Hot water
A little person
With me in the tub.
The small head
Pressed against my chest
All four legs stretched out
Ready to talk.
She said:
Men pee standing up
I said:
We women, have two things sticking out
Our breasts
She said:
I already know that
When I grow up
I want to be just like you.
I made her head like a unicorn’s
She scrubbed my back
Her hands slippery
Her smell sweet.
I said:
I’m going to help you
Grow up nicely.
She said:
I already know that.

Her back was so straight.

Esther Kamkar, Palo Alto, California artist and poet. Poems, poetry, writing, published works - footer logo

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