Interrupted Poem
by Melinda Burns
(published in Mothering magazine-May/June 2002)

How can anyone write a poem
when just at the crucial line
a voice calls from the bathtub

and it all falls away.
all the momentum leading up
to that line
all the gathering and holding and
delicately balancing
the house of cards collapses
the line that was sinking
bobs to the surface

The poet is the mother
the child is the poem

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