Sunday, June 6, 2010
"Housework" Proudly Accepted by Blinking Cursor
Last week, I got an email from the editor of the literary magazine The Blinking Cursor, Samantha Rose. She was writing to inform me that the latest edition of The Blinking Cursor with my poem in it could be purchased on Lulu.com. I ordered mine right away and I can't wait for it to come!
According to my contract with the magazine, I do not have to wait to publish the poem elsewhere, so I can post it now.
I dip my hands into the steaming water and scrub
At bits of crusted-on cereal and the remnants of a thick green soup.
A bit of boiled egg floats by.
The water is already coffee-brown under the layer of bubbles.
I do not feel much like the plump sweet bride
You brought home only five years ago.
She had soft, clean hands.
I feel like an old fish-wife
with my hair pulled back tight
and my arid, bony hands immersed in dirty water.
I imagine your face when you open the flimsy trailer door
And see that I have finished the dishes.
I do not know who you see when you look at me,
The old fish-wife or the sweet, plump bride,
But I do know that you’ll be grateful that the dishes are done,
And that I am grateful I have someone to do dishes for.