Poems & Essays

18 Jan

Horizontal Time

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You think you’ll keep writing;
maybe an interesting journal
of avant-garde baby observations,
irreverent and cool,
like you used to be
before birthing your Nick or Isabel
your Kalique
Jordan or Tia.

You haven’t gone so pop
culture that you eat paleo
or do Crossfit, so maybe
you’ll manage to
maintain some
originality. You hope.
You pray,

but there’s
nothing more aggressive
than motherhood to shake
you down to the common
barometer of feedings
and nap schedules.

It’s like shaking overripe grapes
off the vine. Easy, fast,
flattening you on
the earth’s
floor
waiting to be squashed,

or instead
accepting
horizontal time
before your vine
climbs
and
climbs.

 

Monica Flegg lives on Nantucket Island with her husband and two children. Her work has been published in the Aurorean, Awake, A Nantucket Writer’s Workshop in Print, The Pine Island Journal of New England Poetry and PostScripts.

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  1. Dana

    January 20, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Oh this is fantastic! It’s full of clever truths and beautiful phrases. You really encapsulate new motherhood here so uniquely.

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