One more thing

before you go
back to the new place
you are calling home,
did you even wonder why the word
parent is included in the word
It’s because I want to
be able to see you clearly.
To know you always.

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Poetry is my caffeine. My many roles in life (so far) have included teacher, school counselor, bookmobile driver, furniture factory worker, volunteer coordinator, daughter, aunt, wife, mother, reader and writer. My book Buried in the Suburbs was published in 2018 by Woodley Press (2019 Kansas Notable Book Award. My chapbook Domesticated: Poetry from Around the House was published in 2015 (Finishing Line Press). For a complete list of publications see

Jamie Lynn Heller
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