In Praise of My Bed

By Meredith Holmes Meredith Holmes
At last I can be with you!
The grinding hours
since I left your side!
The labor of being fully human,
working my opposable thumb,
talking, and walking upright.
Now I have unclasped
unzipped, stepped out of.
Husked, soft, a be-er only,
I do nothing, but point
my bare feet into your
clean smoothness
feel your quiet strength
the whole length of my body.
I close my eyes, hear myself
moan, so grateful to be held this way.

Meredith Holmes, "In Praise of My Bed" from Shubad’s Crown. Copyright © 2003 by Meredith Holmes.  Reprinted by permission of Pond Road Press.

Source: Shubad’s Crown (Pond Road Press, 2003)

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Poet Meredith Holmes

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Relationships, Home Life, Activities, Jobs & Working, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire

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Poet Meredith Holmes was born and raised in a small Quaker town in New Jersey and earned a BA from Case Western University. Her poems recreate the everyday world through simple but penetrating language that offers precise descriptions of domestic scenes. A longtime participant in writing groups, including the poetry theater group Big Mama, Holmes is currently a member of Take Nine, a group of female poets. In 2003 she published . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Home Life, Activities, Jobs & Working, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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