are like an ambush of cat tongues.
Pink and small and abundant, rough scratches
on my face, my arms, my hair.
This is a common trial for introverted parents.
It is a common feeling, this one of drowning
in what fills up your chest.
Renee Beauregard Lute is a graduate of the MFA program at Hamline University in St. Paul, and her work has been published in a number of literary journals and magazines, including Bellevue Literary Review, Mamalode, and Literary Mama.