Poem for the Afternoon

Spring Break afternoon and 

my kids and I are at home at an odd time

of day for us and rather than do anything

we lay down on the big king size bed

cuddled around each other and fall asleep

we don’t do this anymore

they are 7 and 9

above such things as cuddling with their mother 

on a tuesday afternoon

i wake up and see that they are nestled into 

either side of me

I breathe in their heads of hair

i smell their days, their interests

instead of baby’s breath

instead of beginnings

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About margaretelysiagarcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia primarily writes fiction, essays and poetry from a remote corner of the Sierra Nevada. She's currently working on a non-fiction book about plus-sized modeling. She's also searching for a publisher for her new collection of stories? Mary of the Chance Encounters. Her short story collection Sad Girls & Other Stories out now on Solstice Literary Press. She blogs here and at Throwing Chanclas and Girl Body Pride. Is a contributor to Hip Mama Magazine. She writes the zine The Adventures of Sad Girl with her daughter, Paloma. She’s a three-time director of the national Listen to Your Mother Show in Plumas County (www.listentoyourmothershow.com). She has an alternative women’s music show Milkshake & Honey on Plumas Community Radio (www.kqny919.org).
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