I’m the kind of person who becomes intensely attached to nouns (i.e. people, places, things). This particular poem focuses on a place I became attached to: the first house Sam and I shared together. When we first moved in, I wrote a poem about its various crumbling parts. It belonged to the married housing sector of our college campus, and wasn’t in great shape. We made a ton of memories there, and even though our new apartment is beautiful, I still miss our old house sometimes. Life was simple and sweet in that house. The day we moved away, I wrote this poem.
A faucet drips a steady rhythm in
a rusty porcelain bathtub.
A breeze whistles through the
gaps in poorly sealed windows.
A permanent marker squeals against
cardboard, writing, “Kitchen: Fragile.”
I have never paused to hear
the hum of the refrigerator,
the murmur of the hot water heater,
the squeak squeak squeak of an agitated fan.
I remember us as newlyweds,
the living room bursting with
wrapping paper and envelopes
as we locked all the doors and,
left my wedding dress
crumpled on the carpet.
I gather nails from the walls,
rub the scars we left.
This house absorbed
the smoke from burnt soup,
didn’t laugh at us when we
moved our bed into the dining room
by the only functioning air conditioning unit.
This house offers our memories
in a sealed envelope,
listens for the final click of a lock.
“Musings in an Empty House”
© Callie Revell, 2012
Great news! Last night at 10:46 p.m., a baby panda was born to Mei Xiang from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. I’m so excited! I love the National Zoo and try to visit the pandas every time we visit my sister-in-law Sara. One of my go-to “sick day” movies is a documentary I bought about the birth of Tai Shan, Mei Xiang’s last baby cub. It just lifts my spirits to see a baby panda romping around being cute. According to this article from the Los Angeles Times, the baby is loud and healthy. His or her first exam will be in a few weeks, when we’ll find out if the cub is a boy or a girl! By tradition, the baby won’t be named until its 100th day, which by my calculations should be Christmas Day! How perfect!
Here’s a video documenting the birth (skip to 14:24 to see the exciting part!):
Are you excited about the new baby panda? I think the world could always use more cuteness.