Trouble (Previously on BlogHer)

Trouble…
By TW on March 28, 2012

My daughter stands
next to my desk
utters those words
(the ones
that strike fear
in a mother’s heart.)

“I’m having trouble”

“with line breaks.”

I sigh
with relief.

Line breaks!
I can tackle those.
I think

I start in my head to
talk html, then

Stop.

“Line breaks?”
“My mentor” (poetry)
“says I need to consider
line breaks.”

Oh.
THAT kind.
I clarify.
She speaks
of Sentences.

Cringe
Fumble
(Could we talk
Sex? Relationships?
Drugs?
Easier!)

I pull up
Audre Lorde…
Diagram

(Never to Dream of Spiders)

I point to
June Jordan.

Really? Who better…
to teach line breaks?

Google.
Quote.

Teenage Stare.

Ask for an example–
Solid Ground.

She offers one
Quicksand.

txt doc time

I offer
Variations.

I change words
(Bad Mommy!)

Denise steps in. More
Variations.

Daughter likes these
Variations
Better.

I backseat drive

In the end
the point goes
to Denise.

(a lie)

Daughter gets the
point.
her poem
her search
for truth.

I pull out
Lucille Clifton
I point

Daughter complains
“No Caps”
Clifton – Poet Laureate

(know the rules-then break them)

Exit daughter

Enter poem
dancing in my head.
In the end.

Comments

  1. LOL I wish we still had that poem because I’m sure my suggestions were best.

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