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The Red Sofa

October 5, 2011

–For William Carlos Williams. (But mostly for moms.)

So much depends


a red sofa

glazed with maple


beside the white


scribbled in blue.


So much depends


the kitchen floor


with cracker droppings


the muddy shoes.




Nothing depends


the small boy’s


vibrant in the toilet,

a haphazard gift

for his mom.




He just wants to say,


to have uttered

the phrase,


in Macy’s

last week


and which probably

embarrassed his mother

as he chased Madeleine

toward the handbags.


He is so sweet

and so bold.

And certainly couldn’t

have heard that

from home.


William Carlos Williams may be rolling in his grave.

Image: “The Red Wheelbarrow” by CEThompson via Flickr using a Creative Commons license.



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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Justine October 5, 2011 at 10:54 am

He he, I think Williams would’ve been proud of your mad skills and your son’s choice words. After all, aren’t poets supposed to embrace the freedom of expression?


TheKitchenWitch October 6, 2011 at 9:41 am

I love it! You are a creative genius!


KQ @ Roots and Wings October 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm

When I think of your home I always think of the red sofa. It is a cozy place for drinking tea and catching up, coloring with your son who invites me in even though for all intents and purposes I am a stranger. It holds the laughter of our book club, halloween parties and so much more. Apparently it absorbs maple syrup and kid stuff just as well as it absorbed red wine. I love your red sofa!


Stacia October 7, 2011 at 10:34 am

Love it! Thanks for the laugh. Let’s just say, I’m empathetic … and our sofas could be twins.


Coeliquore October 12, 2011 at 5:30 am

Kids, sofas and poetry make a good mix!!!
I love the post. Thanks!!!


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