How do you ask your sons to come home—
when they no longer need you to rock
them to sleep. Come home to a place
that doesn’t exist with their rooms
long abandoned of childish things.
Yet you are the mother, the maker
of princes, your castle now emptied
of gold swords and crowns. Will they be
nobler than what you’d imagined, will they
slay monsters and three-legged beasts
and name you in speeches with fairytale endings
for all that you taught them or all that you didn’t.
Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas lives in the Sierra Foothills. She studied at Santa Clara University where she was an English major. She is an nine-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a seven-time Best of the Net nominee and the author of the following collections of poetry: “Epistemology of an Odd Girl,” March Street Press, “Hasty Notes in No Particular Order,” “Letters Under the Banyan Tree” and “The Wanderer’s Dominion,” Aldrich Press, “Breakfast in Winter,” Flutter Press, along with several chapbooks, “Litany of Finger Prayers,” Pudding House Press, “Object of Desire,” Finishing Line Press, “A Thousand Tiny Sorrows,” March Street Press, “The Butterfly Room,” Big Table Books, “The Nightly Suicides,” Kattywompus Press, “Things I Can’t Remember to Forget,” Prolific Press, and the winning chapbook in The Red Ochre Chapbook Contest, “Before I Go to Sleep,” along with her latest collections slated for publication this year with Main Street Rag, “An Ode to Hope in the Midst of Pandemonium” and “ In the Making of Goodbyes,” Clare Songbird Press. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of online, print magazines and anthologies, including: The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, Poets and Artists, War, Literature and the Arts. She is the Assistant Editor for The Orchards Poetry Journal and a member of the Sacramento group of poets called Writers on Air. According to family lore she is a direct descendant of Robert Louis Stevenson. www.clgrellaspoetry.com