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Poem for Tuesday, Blindspot, Virginia Renfaire

Looking at Them Asleep
By Sharon Olds

When I come home late at night and go in to kiss them,
I see my girl with her arm curled around her head,
her mouth a little puffed, like one sated, but
slightly pouted like one who hasn't had enough,
her eyes so closed you would think they have rolled the
iris around to face the back of her head,
the eyeball marble-naked under that
thick satisfied desiring lid,
she lies on her back in abandon and sealed completion,
and the son in his room, oh the son he is sideways in his bed,
one knee up as if he is climbing
sharp stairs, up into the night,
and under his thin quivering eyelids you
know his eyes are wide open and
staring and glazed, the blue in them so
anxious and crystally in all this darkness, and his
mouth is open, he is breathing hard from the climb
and panting a bit, his brow is crumpled
and pale, his fine fingers curved,
his hand open, and in the center of each hand
the dry dirty boyish palm
resting like a cookie. I look at him in his
quest, the thin muscles of his arms
passionate and tense, I look at her with her
face like the face of a snake who has swallowed a deer,
content, content--and I know if I wake her she'll
smile and turn her face toward me though
half asleep and open her eyes and I
know if I wake him he'll jerk and say Don't and sit
up and stare about him in blue
unrecognition, oh my Lord how I
know these two. When love comes to me and says
What do you know, I say This girl, this boy.


Adam is finished with finals and home for a couple of weeks before going to Texas State for an REU studying and working with the Internet of Things, so we spent the morning doing work and chores, then went to College Park to pick him up as well as all his stuff. He has had two wonderful roommates for the two years he's lived in the honors college dorm, though I'm sure he's happy that he'll have his own room next semester -- not to mention a bathroom, kitchen, and laundry facilities shared with only one new roommate in the same complex where Daniel lived for his junior and senior years of college. Considering that Adam wanted to study business when he met Brian and Faith and started dating Christine -- who are all engineers -- and now he's planning to get a dual degree in computer engineering and math, they have all been good influences.

The afternoon involved a great many loads of laundry and moving a lot of stuff around the house, then watching Eddie the Eagle since Adam hadn't seen it. He tried to explain the math he's studying in his directed reading program, but given that I haven't taken math since pre-calculus in high school, it pretty much all went over my head. We had burgers with sweet potato fries for dinner, did some more laundry, and put on Shaun the Sheep, which he hadn't seen either. Then he went to do his own thing and we watched Blindspot, which had that genuinely shocking and terrible thing! Which I want reversed! (Not the Big Secret, which I guessed a while back was coming; the thing with the gun.) I know the show is coming back and I want a certain character to come back with it! Here are a few more photos from the Virginia Renaissance Faire, including adoptable kittens!


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