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The Mountain
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Tamara Madison


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My child sleeps on her stomach;
one arm crawls over her head
like a swimmer’s,
mouth with lush lips
open, a constellation
of moles on her shoulder,
stray stars flung
about the rest of her.
Her breath is a spring breeze
moving curtains, one lock
of hair curls up from her earlobe
to lick the new, rose-lit
earring. With many rings,
bracelets of plastic lace,
I watch her gaily skirt the foothills
of adolescence, just poised
to make the climb; still
the mountain looms
and she sleeps
in its deep green shadow.
 
From Wild Domestic (Pearl Editions, 2011).
Used with the author’s permission.
 
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Tamara Madison teaches English and French at a public high school in Los Angeles. Raised on a citrus farm in the California desert, Tamara’s life has taken her many places, including Europe and the former Soviet Union, where she spent 15 months in the 1970s). A swimmer and dog lover, Tamara says, "All I ever wanted to do with my life was write, and I mostly write poetry because it suits my lifestyle; I like the way one can say so much in the economical space of a poem."

 

 


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69Dorcas:
Lovely. I do not have any children, but I am taken by this poem.
Posted 05/12/2012 08:56 PM
raindame9:
What a lovely way to say what we all feel as we watch our children grow. Thank you Tamara. Helen P.
Posted 05/12/2012 12:55 PM
Ginny C.:
Love is in the attention to details, and this poem shows it. The ending also works so very well.
Posted 05/12/2012 11:18 AM
Jean Colonomos:
Love this poem. So evocative. Something to think about all day.
Posted 05/12/2012 10:59 AM
Jean Colonomos:

Posted 05/12/2012 10:58 AM
pwax:
Well done. I love your metaphors. Phyllis
Posted 05/12/2012 10:45 AM
John:
Lovely commemoration of the last stages of our children and grandchildren's innocence.
Posted 05/12/2012 07:00 AM


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