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
"Mama?"

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
                                    down
                                          down
bobs to the surface

The poet is the mother
answering
the child is the poem
splashing.



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