NEW YEAR'S DAY
Others speak. They call for time
to come meet them. We do not
speak. We rest. We look
for nothing and do not stretch
to find ourselves different
in the new year. We lie together
under wool blankets, the baby kicks
my back, pads my shoulder
with her fingers, roots for what is hidden
until she cries herself awake.
I lift my shirt, eyes closed, and offer her
my breast and she squirms into me.
My leg moves sideways to find
his warm leg. We three knot ourselves
together in sleep, content in
knowing what we’ll find when we awake.
From Homing Instinct (Frog Hollow Press, 2011) by Shoshanna Wingate