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runaway by Katie Yates

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  • just a note to speak of running away, how motherhood runs me into myself, glorious mirrorlike lake, swarm of bees in my hair, disparate sense of love, loving and wanting to be loved. curious exhaustion of printed cotton dresses, woolen socks the pup runs away with but really a warning that you could find yourself breastfeeding for five years straight, that you might try to be married, be a step parent, householder and a teacher and a writer @ and then one day when the youngest one is able to pick out onion seeds to plant afterschool, you might feel very tired, elated, and old, but good like a dark brick in an early Celtic Scottish Swedish Connectican New Haven lullaby.

    lullaby |ˈlələˌbī|
    noun ( pl. lullabies )
    a quiet, gentle song sung to send a child to sleep.
    verb ( lullabies, lullabying, lullabied ) [ with obj. ] rare
    sing to (someone) to get them to go to sleep: she lullabied us, she fed us.
    ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from lull + bye-bye, a sound used as a refrain in lullabies.
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