Mothers tonight

for Tom and Max

April Saturday to April Sunday

 

It’s raining water and peace
tonight
in the fountain of eternity

 

Everything everything everything
at once damp and cold
warm and dry and
all things are busy
preparing to
dream dizzy

 

Be aware of the sparkle of the cosmos
within these walls
and without:
quiet
as the breathing of the cat
who owns this house

 

Quiet life descending sudden and
with stout parental authority
after a boisterous party

 

Full life family life a life of belonging
lives that are too full to
worry about singing and
thinking
in tune

 

More and more life

 

Life lovingly re-filled
like this forest of chiming
wine glasses

 

And afterward
a quiet which is soft as the
padded toes
of the cat
who owns this house

 

Only very occasionally
and most blessedly
does one savor
the electric nearness of
a life
almost unbearably
swollen with the feeling
of aliveness

 

Yea, verily I say unto thee:
even childless women
are mothers tonight

 

 

© Brett Davidson, 2013

 


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