mother in water

as a child I waited on her

naked dark brown skin peeking out

from the water

cesarean scar and breasts in full view

before I was ashamed of her nakedness

I would sit by the bathtub

my sibling swimming in her belly

she beckoned me to place my brush just so

the tiniest bump moved it

I did not understand (not truly)

what that kick meant

but I was at the cusp of knowing

another me and yet not

Photo: Mujer embarazada III by Elizabeth de PRADA [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs]

Published by Christy Leos

Hi! I’m Christy Leos – Writer, Editor, and Author with a background in English Literature, social media, digital content creation, and access to justice work for marginalized communities. 📌When I write, I am the best version of myself; I am a storyteller.📌 📣 Work featured on News Break, LatinaMedia.Co, ABC13, Southern Laced, and InspirationalBlogs.com.

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