Penny Parker Klostermann has the Poetry Friday Roundup today!
It’s back to school season, and every where I go back to school shopping is taking place. For once, I am glad to be an empty nester, because not only do I detest shopping in general, but I these particular kind of shopping excursions fell into a whole other category of loathing. Once the kids got older, with definite ideas about everything from shoes to types of pens to where we should shop, back to school shopping became all the more exhausting and excruciating.
Arguments. So. Many. Arguments.
Compromises. So. Many. Compromises.
This poem, featured on The Writer’s Almanac the other day, touched a nerve and brought those back to school shopping expeditions back to mind. I see many “grand annoyers” out there in the stores these days…and I am, for once, glad to have move beyond this stage.
At concerts that I did not want to attend with my mother,
I learned to practice any number of nuisances possible in a
place of silence. I wore a cross to vex my mother, a Unitarian,
then ran the pendant back and forth along my necklace chain
like a loud zipper. During a pianissimo passage I unwrapped
waxy paper from a caramel, then coughed as if feathers tickled
I’m paying for past trespasses now.
(you can rest the rest of the poem here.)