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

About Margaret Elysia Garcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of short story ebook collection Sad Girls and Other Stories, and the audiobook Mary of the Chance Encounters, and the co-founder and lead playwright of Las Pachucas, theatrical troupe. She teaches creative writing and theatre in a California state prison.
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