FLASH PARENTING

Poems from inside a mother's head


 

 

INSTRUCTION MANUAL

This arts and crafts activity
Requires that I use a drink.

   

 


AWAKE

 A playful child explodes with joy,
Laughs and sings,
Echoing through these walls at 4:00 AM.
How did I get so lucky?


ESCAPE

 At last!
A fleeting moment of serenity,
A chance for self-reflection.
This bathroom needs a scrub.


ROAD TRIP

Let’s just accept
That for the next six hours,
We will be
Almost there.


THE SCIENCE OF SILENCE

It’s absolutely true, my love:
Your brain grows bigger
When your mouth’s closed.


DELICACY

What would you like for dinner
Besides the little ball
You found in your nose?


EATING OUT

A breakfast out for a family of four
Requires that we come equipped.


TIMING IS EVERYTHING

I really want to tell you that I love you
But you're busy peeing,
So I won't.


UNTITLED

I see you've finally discovered
All my buttons.


EXERCISE I

Let’s have another piece of cake
So you have energy to kick more walls.


EXERCISE II

Oh, what’s a little rumble between boys.
Next time let’s play with chain saws –
Just for fun.