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Stardust in Jammies
By Mimi Plevin-Foust
At 13, my child-woman daughter
in camisole and flannel jammies,
skewers a marshmallow
to toast in our fireplace
while flinging hot barbs in my direction.
If only she could recollect
days of labor
nights I woke to nurse.
Why can’t those heroics give me credit
in the Mommy-Piggy-Bank-of-Love?
Or, perhaps, my acts of caring
are repaying my mother
for carrying me, a Hershey’s Syrup-drenched
toddler, to the tub after she dressed up
for Date Night, or chased me
through department stores
as my sister and I ran and hid
in the maze of racks.
Perhaps my mother was repaying
her mother Liz, the glamorous
who was repaying her mother Sarah,
the seamstress from Budapest,
and back in time
until the instant
when the Goddess clapped
to explode her love
into the Universe
with all its galaxies of maddening,
“Stardust in Jammies” by Mimi Plevin-Foust, from Transformation anthology, Lake Erie Ink. 2020. Used by permission of the author.
Mimi Plevin-Foust is the winner of the Gordon Square Review
Inaugural Poetry Contest.
Her poems and articles can be found in Carve Magazine, LearnVest/Forbes.com, Forge Journal, POZ Magazine, Two Cities Review
and others. To deliver fresh encounters with poetry, Mimi created Poetry Rx
which offers poems in prescription vials as medicine for the soul [WARNING: MAY CAUSE FEELINGS OF JOY
]. Over her career, she has been a poet, glass artist, screenwriter and filmmaker with an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University. Plevin-Foust shares her 107-year-old home with assorted Airbnb guests as well as her husband, daughter, and cats. Her website is mimiplevinfoust.com/cleveland-poet/
and her Instagram account is @mimiplevinfoust
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Write a poem personifying 2020. Do not state what the personification is about.