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Poem for Tuesday and Pumpkin Squirrel


Push
By Rachel Barenblat

The nurses taught us to pin and tuck
a thin blanket into a straitjacket

each night when bedtime arrived
your dad would kneel over you on the rug

now you sleep limp like an old rag doll
your twiga and your plush rabbit akimbo

but when you're awake you push back
against baby gates and mountainous stairs

if I've chosen the wrong foods
or if I'm not paying enough attention

you scatter what's on the tray
then glance at me sly and sideways

no, I don't want to clean shells
and cheese off the kitchen floor, but

secretly I love to watch you
stretch your wings

you're a chimera, half dad and half mom
and all you, from your furrowed brow

to your feet fighting to break forth
from the terrible tyranny of socks

claim your birthright and your blessing
unlock every strap and burst free

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From Toasted Cheese.

My Monday was not very eventful, in part because I was up very late with a sick cat who has been out of sorts all day long -- she's drinking water but she's eaten almost nothing and she slept nearly all day. If she's still sick in the morning, I'm going to call the vet, but I'm worried they'll be busy with Thanksgiving coming up, so I'm hoping it's just a bug -- she has done this a few times before and been fine a couple of days later. I could not handle any news today besides the University of Maryland leaving the ACC for the Big Ten, which was a huge topic locally anyway.

We had dinner at the Silver Diner because Adam's girlfriend was working there for a fundraiser for the high school crew team -- I had eggs benedict with home fries, one of my favorite meals at any time of day. Then we watched the Phantom of the Opera concert at the Royal Albert Hall, which PBS was showing for its pledge drive; I'd never seen the finale with all the Phantoms (Colm Wilkinson, whom I saw on my honeymoon in Toronto, will always be my favorite, though I adored Michael Crawford when we saw him in New York). This is what's been happening to our jack-o-lantern since Halloween:











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