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By 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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Meredith Holmes
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. She lives in Ohio. See More By This Poet

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