Welcome to Sunday Poetry. If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of these Sunday posts here.
What’s your part? Just slow down a little and come along for the read–or sometimes, for the listen. If you’d like to tell us what the day’s poem means in your life, or what word or phrase you’ve chosen to reflect on, or where those reflections have taken you, we would be honored.
Today’s poem is “How to Become a Stepmother” by Beverly Rollwagen. Last week we honored mothers, and this week it seems fitting to honor stepmothers. This poem is so acutely visual. Can’t you see these scenes unfold, feel the emotions, feel that final zing of pleasure as you begin to believe things might just turn out after all? How many of you had stepmothers? How many of you are stepmothers? Can you relate?
Has anyone ever watched you “from all five corners of the room”?
Since this link will lead you to website of The Writer’s Almanac, if you choose you may also have the pleasure of hearing this read out loud by Garrison Keillor by clicking “listen” at the top.