Without Internet, Sometimes I Read Poetry at Night

18 Nov

Three weeks without internet or TV of any kind and you pick up the phone and call more people, you read more books, you go for walks – even in the cold,  you clean the kitchen more promptly and take your time combing your daughters hair or nursing your son to sleep.  You even read poetry before going to bed.  This was one of the poems I read last night from the book, “She Walks in Beauty” compiled by Caroline Kennedy.  These words so deeply resonated with me I had to share.  I’ll be posting more poems from my readings, but for now, here is …

After Making Love We Hear Footsteps


For I can snore like a bullhorn
or play loud music
or sit up talking with any reasonably sober Irishman
and Fergus will only sink deeper
into his dreamless sleep, which goes by all in one flash,
but let there be that heavy breathing
or a stifled come-cry anywhere in the house
and he will wrench himself awake
and make for it on the run—as now, we lie together,
after making love, quiet, touching along the length of our bodies,
familiar touch of the long-married,
and he appears—in his baseball pajamas, it happens,
the neck opening so small he has to screw them on—
and flops down between us and hugs us and snuggles himself to sleep,
his face gleaming with satisfaction at being this very child.
In the half darkness we look at each other
and smile
and touch arms across this little, startlingly muscled body—
this one whom habit of memory propels to the ground of his making,
sleeper only the mortal sounds can sing awake,
this blessing love gives again into our arms.

One Response to “Without Internet, Sometimes I Read Poetry at Night”

  1. Tracey Johnson November 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    Wonderful :)

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