single mom evening

night falls on all of us
house still lit
distant traffic whooshing

worn and drained
my life charger stuck
in a jammed drawer

the need for night and quiet
solitude silence
and the memory of a shared beach

the house is alive
when night hits
and the burdens whisper

crumpled package wrappings
and the pop pop of bubble wrap
five-year-old bills

I smile making tea
turning a deafmute back
on laundry clutter

displaying everything proper
while night calls me
like the sea and the wind

and my faraway charger

Poetry by Katarina Wikholm
Read 275 times
Written on 2016-09-07 at 20:40

dott Save as a bookmark (requires login)
dott Write a comment (requires login)
dott Send as email
dott Print text

josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
A truly intimate poem of a life on the edge well lived! Single moms are superheroes!

I cherish the imagery: the charger, the bubble wrap, the laundry clutter (and can I ever sympathize with that last!). Well done!

Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
Perfectly described. You can't believe it now, but this time will pass, and the bills will slowly be paid, and the kids will grow up, and life will change. It's a hard and lonely life. Good poem.