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Alone with Mother



We came out of the sea at dusk 
and walked through the dune-grass. 
Like runaways, we were free 

of the house and its babble: 
pill bottle labels, shopping lists. 
The ocean banged and frothed. 

In the car, we sat a long time, 
the keys a silver 
starfish in her lap, silence 

a kind of love between us. 



Chloe Honum grew up in New Zealand. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review, among other journals. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Arkansas, she has received a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.