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American Life in Poetry: After Disappointment

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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.

After Disappointment

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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