wild mama

KJ Hannah greenberg


Wild Mama sneaks

Around when no one’s home.

She leaves the bathroom door unlocked,

Picks up scattered paper debris, soiled socks,

Empty water bottles, even tends to dried out plants.


Sometimes, that gal pal makes

Chicken soup with noodles or rice.

Tosses grown kids’ towels in the laundry,

Dials up doctors, dentists, hair stylists; makes appointments,

For offspring too preoccupied with sass, work, school, to convey.


Mostly, though, she sighs aloud, once more,

Over photo albums, some plain, some recorded.

Her office remains filled with preschool detritus and treasures,

Clutter from elementary, middle, high school moments, vestiges

Of eras when nursing, cuddles, beddy-bye songs solved everything. 


KJ Hannah Greenberg has been playing with words for an awfully long time. Initially a rhetoric professor and National Endowment for the Humanities scholar, she shed her academic laurels to romp around with a prickle of imaginary hedgehogs. To wit, she's been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize in Literature, has had over a dozen of her books published, and has served as an editor or a reviewer for several publications.

Hannah’s poetry books are: A Grand Sociology Lesson (Lit Fest Press, 2017, Forthcoming), Mothers Ought to Utter Only Niceties (Unbound CONTENT, 2016, Forthcoming), Dancing with Hedgehogs, (Fowlpox Press, 2014), The Little Temple of My Sleeping Bag (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), Citrus-Inspired Ceramics (Aldrich Press, 2013), Intelligence’s Vast Bonfires (Lazarus Media, 2012), Supernal Factors (The Camel Saloon Books on Blog, 2012), Fluid & Crystallized (Fowlpox Press, 2012), and A Bank Robber’s Bad Luck with His Ex-Girlfriend (Unbound CONTENT, 2011).