Issa M. Lewis
To be a mother is to know pain
on a scale so exquisite, it becomes craving,
it becomes moon pulling tide
morning and evening, as if water
could rise out of its bed and join the sky.
But there is that crucial distance
that the moon’s grasp cannot traverse,
though her fingers outstretch
and she imagines she can reach—
and that is the way of it, the intense longing
for the piece of her that left
to seek its own way, that made her hollow,
grasping for water but only finding handfuls of sand.
Issa M. Lewis is a graduate of New England College’s MFA in Poetry program and currently teaches composition at Davenport University. Issa M. Lewis was the 2013 recipient of the Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, and her poems have previously appeared in Tule Review, Jabberwock, Blue Lyra Review, Pearl, and Naugatuck River Review.