I will be sharing some of these short poems on this blog over the next little bit. Here is one of my favourites:
How many nights now?
How long has it been since you slept?
since I slept?
This red-faced screaming ball of humanity
who has taken over my home
Why won’t you stop crying?
You aren’t hungry.
You aren’t wet.
You aren’t in pain.
Why can’t I soothe you?
I don’t know what I’m doing.
Where is your Owner’s Operating Manual?
Those angels and shepherds and magi,
they were so eager to visit you
when you were born.
Where are they now?
now that there are diapers to change.
now that there is laundry to do.
now that there are mouths to feed.
They sang of Peace on Earth.
How can there be Peace on Earth
when there can’t even be
peace in this home?
Your tears are never going to end.
Let me just
collapse in this chair
in your tears.