American Life in Poetry: After Disappointment
Here's a moving poem about parenthood, about finding one's self to be an adult but still trying to care for the child within. Mark Jarman teaches at Vanderbilt University.
To lie in your child's bed when she is gone
Is calming as anything I know. To fall
Asleep, her books arranged above your head,
Is to admit that you have never been
So tired, so enchanted by the spell
Of your grown body. To feel small instead
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