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If You Are a Mother by Jade Hignett

The moon belongs to mothers.
Her cylindrical cycles
both carved and curving.

Slim in the beginning
with angles sharp enough
to scythe hearts.

Then sliver by sliver
becoming smoother,
just thick enough to slide
with moon dust clinging
to the hair on your arms.

Mid-month she hangs there,
opulent thighs glistening
and calves still beneath
dark waters.

At the beginning of the end
she is spread like an eye,
shining down with that look
and again shows us how.

Jade Hignett is a creative writing major at UBCO and recently came third in the 21st annual Okanagan Short Story Contest, finalist chosen by Erin Moure.