Poetry

Waiting Around

A big thanks to Cat Conway at Thank You for Swallowing for publishing my poem “Waiting Around” which is a response poem to Pablo Neruda’s “Walking Around.” You can read Neruda’s original poem here with three different translations: https://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/~cinichol/CreativeWriting/323/MiscPoemsNeruda.htm

THANK YOU FOR SWALLOWING

after “Walking Around” by Pablo Neruda

It so happens, I am tired of being a woman.
And it happens while I wait for my children to grow
into the burning licks of adulthood. The streaks
of summer sun have gone,

drained between gaps into gutters,
and the ink-smell of report cards and recipe boxes
cringes me into corners. Still I would be satisfied
if I could draw from language
the banquet of poets.

If I could salvage the space in time
for thought and collect it
like a souvenir. I can no longer
be timid and quiet, breathless

and withdrawn.
I can’t salve the silence.
I can’t be this vineyard
to be bottled, corked,
cellared, and shelved.

That’s why the year-end gapes with pointed teeth,
growls at my crow’s feet, and gravels into my throat.
It claws its way through the edges of an age
I never planned to reach

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