Carly Taylor, “An Extra Day with My Mother”

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An Extra Day with My Mother

We take the dog for a walk.
I keep my hands in my pockets.
There is nothing empty here.

In the airport bathroom
the panic seems a year

We keep rituals:
smooth glass on a sill,
blooming crocuses in the yard.

Maybe it’s one of those things
you grow into
like hips.


Carly Taylor is a Boulder, Colorado native educated in Creative Writing and Dance at Knox College in Illinois and now thoroughly enjoying the constant rain of the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not writing, she’s doing something else.


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