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Galway Kinnell - After Making Love We Hear Footsteps

For I can snore like a bullhorn 
or play loud music 
or sit up talking with any reasonably sober Irishman 
and Fergus will only sink deeper 
into his dreamless sleep, which goes by all in one flash, 
but let there be that heavy breathing 
or a stifled come-cry anywhere in the house 
and he will wrench himself awake 
and make for it on the run - as now, we lie together, 
after making love, quiet, touching along the length of our bodies, 
familiar touch of the long-married, 
and he appears - in his baseball pajamas, it happens, 
the neck opening so small 
he has to screw them on, which one day may make him wonder 
about the mental capacity of baseball players - 
and flops down between us and hugs us and snuggles himself to sleep, 
his face gleaming with satisfaction at being this very child. 

In the half darkness we look at each other 
and smile 
and touch arms across his little, startling muscled body - 
this one whom habit of memory propels to the ground of his making, 
sleeper only the mortal sounds can sing awake, 
this blessing love gives again into our arms.

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After Making Love We Hear Footsteps - Comments and Information

Poet: Galway Kinnell
Poem: After Making Love We Hear Footsteps
Volume: Selected Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1982
Poem of the Day: Apr 28 2005

Comment 6 of 6, added on February 12th, 2012 at 6:44 AM.
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FWNUXG However, the author created a cool thing..!

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Comment 4 of 6, added on February 27th, 2009 at 10:45 AM.

Wonderfully Beautiful. Yes, if I was a parent I would better understand, but that doesn't mean I didn't feel the passion and beauty of his poem.

Melanie

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