Last minute

I take the last bag of candy
from the pharmacy shelf
colored red and pink
and wrapped separately
so my son can sign his name
with his novice four letters
24 times

because that’s me, always
on the cusp of something
and breathless about

If I planned properly,
I could make sugar dough
rolled thin enough
to use the heart-shaped cookie cutter
and together we could frost
two dozen for his class,
pink frosting
and each wrapped
in red cellophane,

but that’s what
the other mothers do,
not me. Β I am the mother
who notices,
when he signs his name
his hands are small squares
like yours, and when he kisses
his thanks on my cheek
he uses a mouth
shaped like mine,
thin-lipped and forever Β smiling

and I remember
how we made him
and that
is why I choose a card
large as a poster
and some chocolate,
to place on the checkout counter
next to that almost-too-late candy.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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14 Responses to Last minute

  1. boomiebol says:

    I love it and yea I’m screaming lol

    • πŸ˜‰ shame on me, I am the one who always forgets to buy Valentine’s gifts for my guy. But I did write the man in my life this poem, so that (hopefully) counts for something, LOL.

  2. Alice Keys says:

    Yikes. Who buys red candy on the 14th? Maybe me. Thanks for the reminder. And for the lovely poem. You write so I feel like I’m standing inside your heart. This is a very nice one.

  3. Oh Susan this is so good. The last stanza is a stunner πŸ™‚ You remembered to buy some gifts. I did not buy him any. I wouldn’t know what to choose and my hubby is not a card person. (sigh) At least some chocolate for the kids. πŸ™‚ And now I’m off to bed to create that magic πŸ™‚

  4. wonderful ~ too funny as well !

  5. nelle says:

    That is how you role, and that is good.

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