Poetry A young Black boy in a baseball hat and red shirt smiles between his moms, two white women with glasses, at a baseball game

Published on October 11th, 2022 | by Eve Lyons


Five Answers to the Same Question

After Faisal Mohyuddin

My son is ten today 
He hasn’t heard from his first mom
It’s been years. 

He loves to explore underwater
Worlds under our world
Thousands of sunken slave ships.  

We tried for years to get pregnant
But stopped short at engineering
Waited for a woman to find us.

He loves every sport with a ball
He has endless social energy 
He didn’t get this from us. 

We are the lucky ones. 
His first mom carried him 
They both carry the loss. 

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About the Author

Eve Lyons lives in the Boston area. Her work has appeared in Lilith, Literary Mama, Hip Mama, PIF, Welter, Prospectus, Barbaric Yawp, WordRiot, and Dead Mule of Southern Literature, as well as several anthologies. Her first book, Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World, was published in May of 2020 by WordTech Communications.

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