Returning Home Late

Returning Home Late

There are girl things on the floor:

black hairbrush, ribbons, plastic glitter
and socks. 

Do not touch a thing.

There is nothing to put away.
No such place as "away
" to put things. 

How perfectly your living daughters

have left evidence of their abundance. 
Turn and go to them. 

Do not disturb this scene they have created.

It is the beginning of the painting
in which they will show you who you are. 


First published by Puddinghouse, 2000. Read more about this poem in the anthologies section.