"Writing" Poems with Three Children

“Writing” Poems with Three Children

Means repeating the words over

and over in your head, hoping

to commit them, or at least some,

to memory, as you pick up socks shed

at the door, pick up abandoned art,

crumb-covered plates, the overturned

basket of balls, as you wash, fold,

and put away another load of laundry,

pack dairy-free and nut-free lunches,

as you watch your son string cars together

on the stairs, line after enviable line.

Corey D. Cook

Corey D. Cook's fifth chapbook, The Weight of Shadows, was published by Finishing Line Press in January (2019). His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Bloodroot Literary Magazine, Freshwater, The Henniker Review, The Mountain Troubadour, and Northern New England Review. Corey edits Red Eft Review and lives in Vermont. 

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