Wife

You say you like it when my voice is quiet, And I wonder how to make a cave From the softness of my throat. I don’t know how it began, this Contorting of myself into your shape, How I learned to swallow your shoes until They stood inside me, little men, Making me afraid of … Continue reading Wife

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Lynn

It seems strange to write for a friend, as if We write just for our lovers and their licks As if we don’t write for ones whose heads Are the howls and caverned places of our own. More than that, how can I thank you for ‘Sharing this path’ with me as if this Twist … Continue reading Lynn

Dear Oxford, I am sometimes afraid of you

I wish I could Venn-diagram my Oxford, place its attributes into circles of "like", "dislike", and "both". But my feelings are so conflicted, so kaleidoscopic, caffeinated and extreme that no easy edge will cradle them. I'm sitting, like so many Sundays, with my arms digging into a café table. My cheeks are still sticky from earlier, when I cried my way home and … Continue reading Dear Oxford, I am sometimes afraid of you

Odd Socks

via Daily Prompt: Uneven My baby girl wears odd socks. Right this minute, beneath red spotty leggings and little legs, are a pair of odd socks. Ask me any day what her sock style is and I’ll know, with three miles between us, that they’re odd. I may not know what style they are, having scrambled one from the […]

‘Flu gate’ and God’s Grace

My kitchen counter explains the past three days. Pale drifts of formula, an empty Calpol bottle, a smattering of tissues, and one sticky spoon. On Sunday night, E-B developed a cough. It was small and unobtrusive, and J and I, now seasoned parents, made comments to the effect of, "oh she's picked up the sniffles". In fact, we were hit by the kind of bug … Continue reading ‘Flu gate’ and God’s Grace

Spaces

As a parent, I rely a lot on public goodwill. I need a stranger to heave the front my pram onto a train, to pull open a door, to move aside in a lift. And it always unnerves me, this lack of a law to say, "if you see a girl with a giant purple pram and toddler shouting for snacks, you're required to help her!". What … Continue reading Spaces