Photographs of Mothers and Daughters

you can almost always
see the mother’s hands

the daughter usually
nests in a curve of
the mother’s hair or
neck like it was a cave

the way cats do the
night it starts to snow

Some seem to suck
on the mother’s breath.
You might think the
mother had eyes
in her fingers

Often her hands
are on the daughter’s
shoulders, pulling
her close, as if

she wanted to press
her back inside

Lyn Lifshin has published over 120 books and chapbooks. Her next work, Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness, is due out in 2008.