Since I wrote about a Debra Hensley-Luczycki print in my last blog, An Art Walk Through Our Home: The Smirking Heart https://suzettemariebishop.com/2019/02/18/an-art-walk-through-our-home-the-smirking-heart/, I thought I’d write a poem response to a second print by her. Debra surprised us with this print which she gave to us as a wedding present. The print is appropriately titled Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Turquoise.
Our Turquoise Pools of Quiet
The shower curtain clips,
I start unhooking them at one end,
You at the other end,
Some pull open easily,
Others stay stubbornly closed.
I leave those for you to try.
Yesterday, you washed the dishes
So I’d have a spoon for my cereal.
We need more spoons,
We can use all the ones we have
In a day, sitting in the grey sink,
Some days we need halos,
Plates falling, veils lifting off,
Tools, missing parts in the junk drawer.
I finally got us a tool bag,
Organized the nails, duct tape, dust mask,
Large enough for the hammer on the bottom,
Messages on torn paper.
The filmy shower liner tossed,
We begin attaching the new one,
Unfolding the plastic pleats,
Thread the round hooks through,
Magnets seal them at the sides of the tub,
Porcelain echoes metal.
I often don’t know what to say,
You and the cat never mind