Tagged: upstairs

in the middle of

in the middle of
the night, we
deal with sudden
pain the only way we know
how – Vivienne, screaming
at the top of your
fifteenth-month-old
lungs for ten minutes
at a quarter to two
makes as much
sense as any
while the rest of us lie
achingly still
in the dark, perhaps
hoping to be picked up
.
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sunday walks across

sunday walks across
the ceiling in sequined
shoes, size two, with
the regular irregularity
of a juvenile dog’s pitter-
patter trailing from
not far behind her
.
i am barely awake,
listening for a
toddler-sized tumble
.
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so much pain and love

so much pain and love
goes into a real shouting
match – a lifetime spent

fueling each other can wake
even the neighbors, naturally
.
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the dog upstairs is