Guest Post: Cupid’s Been Busy

by Rebecca

Rebecca is a former school psychologist turned supermom of three who makes prodigious use of her library card.

Valentine’s Day seems an appropriate occasion to break out a few love poems. Maybe these will inspire a few of you to put pen to paper and get a bit poetic.

Incandescent

There is something about your profile,
silhouetted against the whiteness of sheets,
bare shoulders poignantly casting shadows
across my side of the bed,
that makes me want to take that paper cut-out version
of your sleeping self
and gently place it across my breast,
the bony structures of your face backlit
by the soft incandescent light
in my chest.

Lint

Sometimes when I’ve had a busy day,
the bundle of clothes in the dryer forgotten
in the bustle of chores and children,
I stoop to remove the soft particles of lint from the screen.
Rolling the soft, fleecy evidence between my fingers,
I blush warmly remembering that your
undershirts, khakis, and socks
mingled together with my
bath towel, camisoles, and cotton dresses,
in a whirling dervish of vibrating heat
just a short time ago.

Caroline

Caroline is a PhD student in Women’s Studies in Religion and mother of three.

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10 Responses

  1. Caroline says:

    Rebecca, these are fabulous.

    I think the ending of your Incandescent poem is just brilliant. I often think about how I might start a poem, but finishing them off seems doubly hard. Yours is perfect.

    And as for Lint, I love how you take the mundanity of laundry and make it something erotic. 🙂 Well done!

  2. Alisa says:

    Great images, Rebecca. Love these poems!

  3. corktree says:

    What lovely thoughts.

  4. John Remy says:

    Rebecca, such beautiful images! I love the blending of domesticity and passion in the last poem, and the ending.

  5. Two of Three says:

    I will never again think boring thoughts while cleaning the lint screen. Love this poetry. I am inspired.

  6. Brooke says:

    I am so inspired and amazed. These poems are simple and lovely and funny and perfect. You do a great job at combining concrete with abstract, and work with play. Thank you for sharing these, Rebecca!

  7. Becky Martens says:

    Nice debut. Those are very good, Rebecca. And, lint…wow!

  8. Rebecca says:

    Thank you all. I had fun writing them and I’ll admit it’s a little scary to share them! Getting a compliment on my poems from Brooke, who is the real thing, feels awesome!

    A friend recently mentioned that many of his poems are decidedly male. That made me wonder if mine are written in a feminine voice. I think so! I can’t picture any of the men in my life writing a love poem about laundry!

  9. Joanna Simpson says:

    Very good Rebecca! I loved them both but was truly amazed at Lint. To be able to take such a mundane task as removing lint from the dryer and turn it into a love poem was great.

  10. Barbara says:

    These are gorgeous! I especially like the phrase “a whirling dervish of vibrating heat”. It’s so perfectly descriptive. Thanks for sharing!

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