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Wendy Vardaman


Mid-week dinner for eight,
husband's work, leave everywhere
early but still run late. Juggle dishwasher,
pots, knives, vegetables, vacuum, a four-layer cake
that wants to fall apart. Before my daughter caught
the bus she said, how nice that I could fit whatever
I like into my day, in contrast to her,
a homework slave. For a minute

I consider leaving mid-mess,
water boiling, onion peel scattered, tomato
dripping, table covered and my bitter
eggplant just
half-baked. Instead I finish my assignment, leave two
wishful sinks soaking for someone else later.

From Obstructed View (Fireweed Press, 2009)
Used with the author's permission.


Wendy Vardaman lives in Madison, Wisconsin and works as a web and digital media specialist. She is the author of Obstructed View (2009), Reliquary of Debt ( 2015) and the chapbook (with Sarah Sadie), Rules of (dis)engagement, or Dubious perFormances (2016). With Sarah Sadie, Wendy published Verse Wisconsin, created a micro-press, co-edited two anthologies, and served as Madison Poets Laureate from 2012 to 2015. In addition to poetry, her creative practice has included editing, prose writing, illustration, printmaking, and design. Wendy volunteers for arts & poetry organizations as a designer, artist, and editor. Connect with her on LinkedIn or Instagram.



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Although I am not in your busy time of life, I still have days that feel the same. Glad I had the time to read your clever picture of a "Mom".
Posted 12/08/2014 09:42 AM
Love the bitter eggplant element! I think those of us that have been there (are there) are wishful sinks. Thanks, Wendy.
Posted 12/08/2014 07:38 AM
I shall pin this on the kitchen wall!! In large letters....
Posted 12/08/2014 12:57 AM

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