How to Explain the Breakup to Your Overbearing Mother

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Do you know what it’s like,
Mama, to pour yourself
into those pantyhose
and feel as though the seams
are about to explode, like you are
too big to be caged,
like your flesh cannot be contained?

Do you know what it’s like
when the tears first appear—
slow and subtle, running up
your leg like varicose veins—
and it’s only a matter of time
before the support
you thought you needed
no longer serves a purpose?

That’s what loving him was like,
Mama. Tell me you know
what that’s like.

HOW TO EXPLAIN THE BREAKUP TO YOUR OVERBEARING MOTHER by Mia Herman


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Mia Herman is a writer and editor living in Queens, NY. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Barren Magazine, The Bellevue Literary Review, Foliate Oak, F(r)iction, Ghost City Review, Literary Mama, and Third Coast, among others. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hofstra University and serves as the Creative Nonfiction Editor for F(r)iction as well as the Outreach Director for Brink Literacy Project. When she’s not writing or editing, Mia is most likely a) curating road-trip playlists, b) watching obscene amounts of reality TV, or c) setting her friends up on blind dates. Follow her on Twitter @MiaMHerman.

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