Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Poetry Tuesday: "I Stop Writing the Poem" by Tess Gallagher


I Stop Writing the Poem

to fold the clothes. No matter who lives
or who dies, I'm still a woman.
I'll always have plenty to do.
I bring the arms of his shirt
together. Nothing can stop
our tenderness. I'll get back
to the poem. I'll get back to being
a woman. But for now
there's a shirt, a giant shirt
in my hands, and somewhere a small girl
standing next to her mother
watching to see how it's done.

--Tess Gallagher

40 comments:

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

That's a sweet one, Betty. Happy Tuesday.
xoRobyn

Kazzy said...

I absolutely love the realness of this poem. Awesome!

Baby Sister said...

That's awesome. Thanks for sharing! :)

DrSoosie said...

Happy Tuesday Betty. I love the poem and the new header! If you get a chance I am back to my blog. I know you are busy with your student's blogs but if you have time I always value your opinion!

Julie said...

So.very.true.

slommler said...

Love love love the poem!! So true!! And your new headed is fabulous! Love Carousels!
Hugs
SueAnn

Old Kitty said...

Awwww poetry must always be integral to housework! LOL!!

Lovely poem - thank you, BB!!
Take care
x

Powdered Toast Man said...

I am now inspired to write a post about doing something while "getting back to the post"

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like the sidetracking in the middle.

Mamma has spoken said...

I was sitting here thinking I need to get a load of laundry into the washer before heading out to work but instead I am enjoying catching up on blog posts.
Guess your poem is telling me I need to get going on that load of laundry now...

Sarah said...

Lovely! I wish I could write poetry :)

Catherine said...

Excellent photo ~ and the poem is perfect with it. Fantastic!

Happy Tuesday!
xo Catherine

Madi and Mom said...

How very true....our children learn by example and we need to be sure to set good examples.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Gaston Studio said...

Beautiful one! And I love the photo with it, perfect.

Joe Cap said...

I just think the pic of the clothes pins is pretty cool...I wonder how many young'uns here don't know what they are?

Tabor said...

A lovely and perfect poem.

Brian said...

I certainly did enjoy the poem, it put pleasant pictures in my mind!

Aging Mommy said...

The photo of the clothes pegs is just perfect and I love your new header. You see the extraordinary in everything and capture something captivating to all of us. I cannot believe you take such amazing photos with the camera you have, you are a truly gifted photographer Betty.

Nicole said...

Good Stuff!

Out on the prairie said...

A cheerful start for my day.

Sara said...

Oh gosh, such a beautiful and sweet glimpse into a woman's mind. Love it!

Theresa Milstein said...

This book is sweet and sad. I'm a mother first, but sometimes it's depressing to think what I've put on the back burner to be a mother. And laundry (especially ironing) seems to be the bane of my existence!

Brian Miller said...

wonderful verse...there are things more important like writing poems into our kids lives...

The Retired One said...

So tender...loved this one...

Writing Without Periods! said...

How did you know I needed my poetry fix today? I love the poem and the photo of the clothes pins. Talent rules.
Mary

Ally said...

good choice. i just did laundry yesterday and it kept me from blogging.

Marlene said...

I just buy a new shirt. (Take the kid shopping, too.)

Leanne said...

You know for a fact that I can relate to this . . . thank you so much for posting this today (of all days). Thank you, Betty.

Sarah said...

I'm still a woman and I will always have plenty to do--how true!

Ann said...

Oh the things that keep up from doing what we would rather do. However having a little girl beside you to see how you do those things makes it a little more worthwhile. Love the poem

Mr Monkey said...

That was good, I have been enjoying your posts
Mr Monkey

Daisy said...

Very nice! I liked that. :)

Cassiopeia said...

Love the poem. In your minds eye you can see the whole picture, you can feel what she's feeling about herself, her poetry, her family. Wonderful.

Copyboy said...

Love the ending. Bravo Tess. BTW...Has your college blog project started yet?

Haupi said...

Betty, Betty, I loved the Poem. Thank you for being one of my Shining Star followers - I'm one of yours now too!

The one thing about those strange cat ladies on the block who keep to themselve - they're all spinsters with no kids and grandchildren who'll visit, spend the night, come for holidays, which you'll still have to shop for holiday gits for....which won't be your case when you reach that age - but you can dream. Smiles.

Haupi

NENSA MOON said...

very nice poem!! and awesome pic!!
What so match!!
I love both...

nensa

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

What a lovely poem, Betty! Thanks.
Your photo up there is simply a gorgeous shot!

Have a great day!

Big hugs
B xx

P.S. I've being having big issues with my p/c. Sorry for being late to comment.

Lin said...

Sigh. I hate laundry. But I do like the poem. Can you change it to where the men do the laundry??

Pat said...

I love it!

Melly said...

I don't know why but that I LOVE that picture.