Tuesday, March 31, 2015


I yell to be heard
over the running water
by the child just outside
the shower door.
I have taken myself hostage,
and I'm not coming out
without promises

of a hot cup of coffee,
an hour of silence,
a sharpened pencil,
and one pure thought.

She dutifully inscribes my demands
on the mirror in the steam.
She dots her i's with hearts.

This negotiation's over
before it even starts.

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads


Susan said...

Her action and the hearts provide the pure thought, I think. Hugs are next.

Jim said...

One of life's many dilemmas isn't it, Mom Zee? I love hot showers, but yes, they do cut into one's play time.
And it looks like you have two of those coming right up. GET OUT OF THE SHOWER!!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

"A sharpened pencil and one pure thought".....I so know the feeling. I love the hearts on the bathroom mirror. Love.

Sylvia K said...

Love it!!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Like mother like daughter - they both are winners with words.


Marian said...

Ohhh can I ever relate!

Enigma said...

Love the use of symbols here. Plus, a brilliant ending.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

as so many things concerning our kids, our best intentions are always undermined by our love.Wonderful poem.

Timoteo said...

I love steamy poetry.

Fireblossom said...

I can feel the melting resolve.

Dr. Pearl Ketover Prilik (PKP) said...

I too loved the "sharpened pencil and one pure thought" beautiful!

blueoran said...

Aww. Your ability to corral a wild thought and compress it into this perfect singular steaming cup o' joe for the heart is what amazes, again and again. I am not worthy!

Carrie Van Horn said...

An ode' for peace that every Mother could relate to....love this Mama Zen!!

Shawna said...

I was going to say I love the first line. Then I was going to say I love the first two lines. This adding-of-a-line went on until I finished the poem. So obviously, I think the whole poem is superb.

grapeling said...

:) I only have sons, and getting them to bathe or shower is quite the battle. ~

Susmit said...

"She dots her i's with heart"....So awesomely put!