Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Turning Twelve

Today is Walker's birthday, and I woke up thinking of this poem:

After Making Love We Hear Footsteps by Galway Kinnell

For I can snore like a bullhorn
or play loud music
or sit up talking with any reasonably sober Irishman
and Fergus will only sink deeper
into his dreamless sleep, which goes by all in one flash,
but let there be that heavy breathing
or a stifled come-cry anywhere in the house
and he will wrench himself awake
and make for it on the run--as now, we lie together,
after making love, quiet, touching along the length of our bodies,
familiar touch of the long-married,
and he appears--in his baseball pajamas, it happens,
the neck opening so small
he has to screw them on, which one day may make him wonder
about the mental capacity of baseball players--
and says "Are you loving and snuggling? May I join?"
He flops down between us and hugs us and snuggles himself to sleep,
his face gleaming with satisfaction at being this very child.

In the half darkness we look at each other
and smile
and touch arms across his little, startlingly muscled body--
this one whom habit of memory propels to the ground of his making,
sleeper only the mortal sounds can sing awake,
this blessing love gives again into our arms.


permanentquivive said...

That's a wonderful poem if you don't think about it too hard, or attempt to visualize it.


Luckily, I think, our girls have always known to leave Mommy and Daddy alone. Though I can't believe that they've never heard us. . . .


harriet said...

That's a gorgeous poem about circumstances that I'm pretty sure would never move me to write gorgeous poetry.

gotu said...

Twelve!?! Time does march on.
I remember seeing ol' Galway read that poem. It gets anthologized all the time.

Happy birthday, Walker.