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Samantha’s Daily Poem

August 28, 2014

Wolf spider

If they didn’t want us
to be scared of them
they shouldn’t have called them

wolf spiders

I know you can relate
as I sit here
stalked by an obstacle course
of overturned cups

each one harboring
a shadow

my tea is cold
and I am suspicious
and itchy

and then there is the one
that got away
feathery stain scuttling
under the couch

it was his lightness
that was the most harrowing
the way he seemed to crawl
without touching the ground

I can’t stop thinking about him
howling his revenge
in the dark.

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August 27, 2014

So many parts

What is impressive
about parenting
is that we operate
as if it is normal
to be shattered
into so many parts

to find our brains
turned from pilots
into armies


the troops yell
and we run around
invading ourselves

so that if you unzipped
us in any random moment
you would find

a part writing a proposal
wearing linen and heels

a part wondering
if anyone will notice
if the food at the party
is made by someone else

a part arranging a playdate
while on hold
with a store
who you blame
for more than they deserve

and a part that hears
the baby poo
in another room
so you send the proposal
and bring the phone with you
where you find her
a quiet look on her face
and you can’t explain why
but you reach into her mouth
and pull out a piece of wood
just the right size
to be awful

and the man at the store
comes back on the phone to tell you
there is nothing he can do

you wonder if he has ever
saved a life
and you think

he probably has.

August 26, 2014

Quiet lumps

I start off the day confident
and calm as wax
I kiss my children
I make up funny songs

but I leak patience
like an old sink

so by dinnertime
I am tinny
in that way when words
are carefully chosen
with more teeth
than tongue

and at the park I am a husk
of earlier intentions

I see others like me
quiet lumps
too tired to do any parenting
but watch

I think of them later
when the kids are asleep
as I try to assemble the highchair
berating it
with a rude and glorious freedom
that I normally keep locked up
in my throat

I think of them
and wonder
if they will go into their children’s rooms
like I will
late at night
and whisper into their hair

will be great.

August 25, 2014

All the complicated things

You ask for your birthday
to come faster

so I explain how the world
needs to twirl to make a day
and how it needs to loop the sun
to make a year

which you tell me
sounds complicated

and then you ask me
to tell you all the complicated
things I know

so I start to explain
about money
but you interrupt me

how about you just tell me
all the Disney princesses
you know.

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August 24, 2014

Another mom

We walk down the steep path to the beach
and you ask me
if I could carry everything
in our house

I say no
I would slip for sure

not even with dad
you agree
and you describe
how we would die
how you’d have to find
another mom
on the beach
tell her where you lived
and what things you liked to do

I say
yes but you wouldn’t find
one quite as good as me
don’t you think

you agree

and then
a few steps later
you say

Colleen is very good.

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