Stand right there. I’m tired of bad poems about
nature. I’m over motherhood and cook
tops and sweeping up again and again.
I want to walk outside under the beamed
overpass without thinking about all
the ways it could fall on my head.
I want kids who listen dammit. I’ve tried
grappling with issues that are much too
complicated for me to understand.
Yesterday, I got over it, and yet
today, it’s the same. For example, it would be
nice to sip tea and not burn my lip, take
a warm bath, rose epsom salts, a sheet mask.
Some believe today will be better than
yesterday, better than the day before
but mostly we are nostalgic for
some dim but tender circle of light.
I am witness to my own life. So what.
I eat memory post-dinner like a mint.
And sometimes I hum, am human.