Wake Up

From the collection And Don’t Come Back, 2021.

Wake Up

Like every other school day
I call you twice
then I climb the stairs
the picture of
how daylight meeting your eyelids
squeezed nose-wrinkled shut
can pull your face into a grin

even if you don’t mean it –
can make me smile, too

I twitch the blanket from your feet
Tickle your toes

just a brush of my fingers –
and you open your eyes

you protest
but you smile, too
for real


9 thoughts on “Wake Up

  1. I think this poem is very touching in its portrayal of a simple but telling moment in a relationship. I sing show tunes loudly at my children if they are having trouble waking up in the morning. Definitely less gentle and less sweet.

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