Latch-key Mother

Latch-key Mother

Emerging from darkness,
she brushes her twisted teeth,
kisses us with Colgate,
and disappears out the backdoor.

On bad days, she misses work,
bakes big, chipped cookies,
and hugs us with fingernails of dough
so tightly we are airless.

At night, she closes one eye
when she sleeps.
Her dreams are colorless
and full of us.

Although Michele Feeser is formally educated with an M.B.A. in Marketing and a B.A in English, she considers growing up in rural Saskatchewan her greatest asset. At heart, she is an underdog champion, creative analytic, charismatic follower, and first adopter.

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