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Some Mothers III

Some
Some mothers
Some mothers are black
Some mothers are black and
Some mothers are black and blue
Some mothers are black and blue on
Some mothers are black and blue on the
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and inside
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and inside and
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and inside and have
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and inside and have to
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and inside and have to choke
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and inside and have to choke back
Their
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and inside and have to choke back  Their fury
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and inside and have to choke back Their fury and
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and inside and have to choke back
Their fury and rage
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and inside and have to choke back Their fury and rage an
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and inside and have to choke back Their fury and rage an acid
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and inside and have to choke back their fury and rage an acid reflux
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and inside and have to choke back Their fury and rage an acid reflux drifting
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and inside and have to choke back
Their fury and rage an acid reflux drifting down
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and inside and have to choke back
Their fury and rage an acid reflux drifting down their throats
Some mothers are black and blue on the outside and inside and have to choke back Their fury and rage an acid reflux drifting down their throats
Building like a Santa Ana wind stoking fire in a dry California season


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Anna Limontas-Salisbury is a New York City poet, writer, and educator. Her work can be found at SFWP Quarterly Special Issue BIPOC On Pleasure, The Poets Corner, and forth coming in the anthology, I Wanna Be Loved By You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe by Milk & Cake Press 2022. She’s been a featured poet at Camperdown, a poetry reading series at Halyards, Honey Dipped Productions, and Body Love Open Mic Series. Her poetry was also featured in the page to stage production Emotive Fruition’s Heartbreaker/ Verse Maker, Came Back With A Clap Back, and Let Lightening Set Us On Fire. Excerpts of her nonfiction essays were performed with COUNTERpult-Reading Series and HTBAF: Honoring Our Ancestors by Open Source Gallery. She’s a graduate of Hunter College and Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. She’s been a long time educator in New York City with city organizations strengthening literacy skills for adults and teens. She is currently tutoring students trying to make sense of education during a pandemic. She’s a Gen X mother to one Millennial daughter, and Generation Z son. She is still processing motherhood in her newest role as Grand Diva to one granddaughter.