Monday, April 16, 2007

I Stop Writing the Poem



I Stop Writing the Poem
by Tess Gallagher

to fold the clothes. No matter who lives
or who dies, I'm still a woman.
I'll always have plenty to do.
I bring arms of his shirt
together. Nothing can stop
our tenderness. I'll get back
to the poem. I'll get back to being
a woman. But for now
there's a shirt, a giant shirt
in my hands, and somewhere a small girl
standing next to her mother
watching to see how it's done.

2 comments:

At A Hen's Pace said...

Lovely, LOVELY poem!

Jeanne

Scott Lyons said...

It is a beautiful poem - and it reminds me of a post I need to write about an MP3 I recently listened to concerning the liturgy of housework.

But thanks for the poem regardless.