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The Mother Of

Morgan Ziegenhorn

Somewhere inside me lives

the desire to bear you

out into the world on

wrinkled hands.


I think

I deserve to

revel in the brutality

of it. To dig in and wallow

and swell

and burst. To be

the voice

that vibrates in

your body, that sings to hush

the fussy cries you’ll make

when you realize

you are no longer safe

inside of me. And bloody.

My lips will shape

silent prayers

and I will weep

to be rid of your weight

in my stomach—now pressed

on my chest. I will be

like mother of pearl found

on the beach—split open, but

more beautiful

than before.

Morgan Ziegenhorn is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in biology and minor in creative writing. Her work has previously appeared in the Cal Literature and Arts Magazine (CLAM) at UC Berkeley. She is a graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California studying the vocal repertoires (and she would say, the underlying poetry) of marine mammals in the sea. She is from Sacramento, California.

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