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Mother-in-law to newborn granddaughter

The hyphens implicate
me in the mothering
of your mother
who has no need

of another mother
and they mean too
that you my grand

(and grand you are)
are part of her
and part of me
and the hyphens

mean I’m your daddy’s
mother (minus any
hyphens – but plus
an umbilical)

which is rather like a
hyphen syphoning
blood from me to him
and then eventually to you

and hyphens are both
punctuation and
bridges and require
careful consideration

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