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More Lies

By Karin Gottshall

Sometimes I say I’m going to meet my sister at the café—
even though I have no sister—just because it’s such
a beautiful thing to say. I’ve always thought so, ever since . . .

Mortal Sorrows

By Rodney Jones

The tortures of lumbago consumed Aunt Madge,
And Leah Vest, once resigned from schoolmarming,
Could not be convinced to leave the house, . . .

The Mothering Blackness

By Maya Angelou

She came home running
       back to the mothering blackness   
       deep in the smothering blackness . . .

Mourning Poem for the Queen of Sunday

By Robert Hayden

Lord’s lost Him His mockingbird,   
       His fancy warbler;
       Satan sweet-talked her, . . .

Movement Song

By Audre Lorde

I have studied the tight curls on the back of your neck   
moving away from me
beyond anger or failure . . .

The Mower

By Philip Larkin

The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found   
A hedgehog jammed up against the blades,   
Killed. It had been in the long grass. . . .

Mowing

By Robert Frost

There was never a sound beside the wood but one,
And that was my long scythe whispering to the ground.
What was it it whispered? I knew not well myself; . . .

Mrs. Adam

By Kathleen Norris

Wake up,
you’ll need your wits about you.
This is not a dream, . . .

Mrs. Caldera’s House of Things

By Gregory Djanikian

You are sitting in Mrs. Caldera’s kitchen,
you are sipping a glass of lemonade
and trying not to be too curious about . . .

Mrs. Kessler

By Edgar Lee Masters

Mr. Kessler, you know, was in the army,
And he drew six dollars a month as a pension,
And stood on the corner talking politics, . . .