Laurie Kolp

Returning Pre-Postpartum


Today I begin a rigid regimen

to get my pre-mom stature back.

First up: deflate these boobs.

Someone I don’t like anymore

(because she’s “been there, done that”

a million times and I’m sick of

one-upmanship amongst mothers)

says chilled cabbage leaves

work best for breasts

returning to their milk-free days.

In my hands, they are honeydew

as I cover each one green, although

I just want to pop them with a pin,

pop them like blister-rubbed heels.

Oh god, I am the wrong shoe

in this body that tongues vitamins

and laces sleep-deprived nights

without shots of whiskey.

I’d feel immediate relief

from these cracked nipples

newborn-chewed raw

(although it’s been quite nice

having cleavage) if only

I could flatten these mammaries,

but the baby’s crying now.

Maybe I’ll start tomorrow. 

Laurie Kolp is the author of Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014) and Hello, It's Your Mother (Finishing Line Press, 2015). Her recent publications include concis, By&By Poetry, Bracken, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Front Porch Journal, and more. Laurie lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three children and two dogs.