How Henry Sees Motherhood
A sun-bronzed young mother stretches
casually across the blanket she spread over
the park’s newly mowed grass. Balancing on
one elbow, she poses a tiny boy upon the pedestal
of her still-round belly. They gaze adoringly at
each other in an easy, familiar union.
She is neither immodest nor grotesque in
her nudity, her legs spread wide, solid and
steady. Without reserve, she delights in her son,
the center of her world, oblivious to passersby
and their mumbled body-shaming remarks.
This maternal queen owns the figure made
more beautiful by motherhood, its fleshy
hills and valleys made more vulnerable by
loving completely her fragile creation.
Leslie M. Rupracht
Leslie M. Rupracht is an editor, poet, writer, and artist calling the Charlotte, North Carolina region home since 1997. Her words and art appear in various print and online journals (recently, Gargoyle and As It Ought To Be), anthologies, exhibits, and a chapbook, Splintered Memories (Main Street Rag, 2012). Longtime senior associate editor of now-retired Iodine Poetry Journal, Leslie also edited photography and prose for moonShine review, and was editor/designer of NC Poetry Society’s 2017 and 2018 Pinesong anthology. One of her poems is nominated for the 2020 Best of the Net. Leslie earned her English degree at State University of New York at Geneseo. She co-founded and hosts Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic in Huntersville, NC.
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