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Rooting
by Tonya Ward Singer

This poem dares me to admit
I need its blank space
more than you, my son, need me.
Set him down, it says.
Wind-up lullaby one more time.
The uncapped pen awaits.
Yet, my tired hands pull you to my breast.
Nursing the façade of my selflessness,
I sing to you again.


Tonya Ward Singer has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Goddard College and a seven-month-old son. Her publications include memoirs in the Seal Press anthology Expat: Woman's True Tales from Life Abroad and the Sunday section of the San Francisco Chronicle. A teacher for ten years, she has also published Holes (Literature Circle Guide) for Scholastic and co-written The Scholastic Teacher Plan Book. Her poems have won local awards including publication on Sonoma County Transit buses.