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Tea Leaves: a memoir of mothers and daughters by Janet Mason (Bella Books April 2012) is now available -- click here for more info

“There is something here for everyone who has ever loved someone else or plans to. I highly recommend “Tea Leaves” just because it is so real and so beautifully written.”–Reviews by Amos Lassen

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read Janet Mason's latest piece in The Huffington Post --Chick-fil-A: What Would Gandhi Do If He Were Gay? ('s) featured writer Kathy Anderson
two poems-- "Ghost Mother" and "I Can't Remember Talking to You"



She is
a wraith of a mother
a kind of mother
who slips in and out
faster than you can believe

Put your arms around her solid waist
she will be there for a second
smelling of sweat
and milk
then she will be gone

You try it
push your finger in her doughy arm
a mark will indent her skin
but she will not be there

The ghost mother
puts dinner on the table every night
but she does not stay and eat

We search for her everywhere
find only her books
and hidden scraps of paper
in the basement

My sisters and I lie in bed
holding hands
listening to her roam the house
at night
staying awake as long as we can
just in case

The trouble with a ghost mother
is that
while she isn't really quite there
she never quite goes away

You can't ever put her down
in a coffin
touch her face for the last time
shut the lid tight
and walk away




































































But I want to
I have pictures of you in my mind
your mouth moves
I can't hear you

It's like when you finally laid down
drawing away from us
you sucked all your words back
into your open mouth
and took them with you

Mother, you left us with nothing
but nerves unconnected
flapping around in our bodies

We are girls with missing parts

You can't make me
look at your name carved in stone
I said never and I meant it

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