Caridad Moro-Gronlier

Two Poems

Taking the Sunrise Tunnel

Call this your life—
passageway gouged in the ground,

cylinder burrowed in earth,
hollow into which clouds are buried.

Listen to the hum as you barrel via concrete
shrouded water bookended by light.

The asphalt has crumbled below the wheels
it meant to cushion,

no patch exists to stop the crack
beneath every revolution.

The flyover would be faster,
but you can’t outrun the underpass;

you can’t ascend the chasm, you can’t
hold your breath and delve beneath.

The only way is through.

What They Don't Tell You at the Baby Shower

You will be insane
		far longer than you were pregnant—
				lunatic with hormones, stretch-marked
						skin a field of brambled scarlet.

You will leak, 
		stain every piece of clothing you wear, soft cloth now, 
				nipples cracked and bleeding, sustenance leached away 
							by the whine and pull of the breast pump.

You will know you never knew what it was to be exhausted, 
		bones etched with fatigue, fugue of feedings that fall
			into short-reeled eye blink—Beaujolais and cigarettes, happiness  
 				 	until you jolt awake, remember you forgot the baby as you dreamt.

You will keep from shaking your child 
		who just won’t stop crying. You will cower 
			in the closet, aglow in cell phone light,
					crisis hotline on the other side.

You will grow afraid
		of speeding cars and spinning spokes, of skid marks and sirens, of camp 
				counselors and men’s rooms, of triple-dog-dares and high dives 
						of high fives, laughter that lodges a jawbreaker in the throat.

You will long for an empty nest,
		a white couch, a full glass of water, access to the remote 
					control, only to get it and wish you could return 
							to the mosaic of days you scrapbooked away.

Caridad Moro-Gronlier is the author of Visionware (Finishing Line Press). She is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant and a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. Her work has appeared in The Notre Dame Review, The Comstock Review, The Crab Orchard Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Meadowland Review, The Stonecoast Review, Storyscape Journal, This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching, The Lavender Review, and others. She resides in Miami, Florida with her wife and son.

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