According to My Mother
Jenny Sadre-Orafai

If it doesn’t happen soon, it’s just
not going to.

The weight of a smaller hand fisting
my pointer finger.

Toothless smiles through netting
of playpens.

Matching wallpaper to a duck
or sailboat theme.

Spooning powder cereal to water,
making bowled meals.

Walking with a lean from a weighty
body, always slapping against a hip.

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