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Samantha’s Daily Poem

March 16, 2014

Your super important thing

You peck at me
with the word


while I alternate
ignoring you and pleading
that I am trying to finish
something super important

and you tell me
that your thing
is super important too

so I take a deep breath
in that way
that is meant to show calm
but still looks annoyed

and I ask you what is
your super important thing

why do they call it a one-horse open sleigh
if it’s driven by reindeer

you look immediately relieved
just to have cast this mystery
out of your head
and into the deep waters
of an adult brain
that must seem to you
to have answers stocked like fish

so I tell you about
the two different songs
and then we cuddle on the couch
while my deadline
comes and goes
and I cast my own net
over and over
into your world
fishing for all your important things
I too often ignore.

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March 13, 2014


My ideas
like birds
snap their heads
this way
and that

a flock of them
flapping inside me

fierce and jittery
with wonder
at which of them
will survive.

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March 12, 2014


You could never be a spy
the way you leave behind
envelopes and corners of unpaid bills
covered in bits and pieces
of your phone calls

as if dropped
from the conversation itself

framed in geometric shapes
drawn over and over

the words are like a puzzle
that I try to weld together

but it’s the shapes I like the best
wheels and pulleys and tracks
as though I have lifted the top off you
and peered into
the whirring wonder of you.

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March 8, 2014

Things you’re glad your kid says to you in the privacy of your home

We walk up the stairs
and I feel tired already
by the game of hide-and-seek
that you will ask me to play
before we brush your teeth

and though I usually love
making up stories
in the cave of your bed quilt
about the witch named Gaggle
and her owl that flies to the moon

tonight I wonder
what it would be like
if we were the kind of parents
who kissed foreheads
and left

so I suppose
you read the weariness
of my slump

or maybe it was because
your dad just got back
from his trip

but you announce
in a straightforward way

mom isn’t very good in bed

which we both agreed later on
after a particularly good story
where the owl shows mercy
to the mice on the moon
that I am quite good in bed after all.

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March 5, 2014

After a trillion

We are driving to your granny’s
and you ask me
how big is eleven thousand

I tell you about all the zeros
which you say sounds like
a very tall snowman

and then you ask me
what comes after that
which is how we got talking
about a million
and a billion
and a trillion

and then we both got quiet
me thinking about that debt clock
near Times Square
and whether you and your sister
will be owned by the banks one day
like they warn us

and perhaps you thinking about
snowmen as high as skyscrapers
or a long train of round barrels
like we saw last year
winding through farmland
like a centipede

then you ask me
what comes after a trillion

I tell you I don’t know
but that we’ll look it up

I think it’s a silly-un

you say
and I tell you
with a smile
that is just a little bit sad
how right you are.

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