Poetry: I Stop Writing the Poem

I Stop Writ­ing the Poem
–Tess Gallagher
From They Say This

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 the 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.

Cyn is a proud Mommy & Mémé, professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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