[POEM] rhythm & routine

it’s easy to fall in to
wake up with a warm body beside you
coffee already brewed, set the night before
coordinating the day over hot coffee and cereal
begging a kid to eat her food, get dressed, potty, brush teeth
there’s drop offs and pick ups.
for you: office hours and teaching and grading
for me: retail shifts, job applications, coffee shops, running in the woods
our paths cross in spare moments, when the day finally slows
tired from the day, from the kid, from the chores
and we don’t quite know what to do with one another
except that we do — we just live in each other’s presence
there’s an unquantifiable comfort
an old sweater you don’t often wear,
but can’t throw away the security
of knowing when you open the drawer, it will be there
I’ve held on to clothes for decades
and I haven’t worn them in that long either

/ / /

Gina Thompson
23 February 2017
Spring Creek Park, State College PA

free write based on WordPress Daily Prompt: Rhythmic

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About Gina Marie Thompson

writer • mom • trail runner • cheese slinger • educator • social justice crusader • seeker of love & beauty• living locally • I CHOOSE LOVE ❤️
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