The Room of Life

Babies napping in the daytime,

on the couch beneath the gold crucifix.

In the evening,

Johnny Carson glowing.

Before school, bowls of cereal and 

checking hair in the rectangular mirror

on the wall near the

good luck horseshoe.

Birthday parties full of streamers,

twirled and taped to the light fixture.

Running, jumping,

kids playing Pin the Tail.

Vacuuming crumbs, folding laundry,

news and soap operas.

Stale milk bottles found in nooks,

holes in the carpet. 

Weekend cartoons,

searching for sock pairs in a box

overflowing… a pool of colorful fish,

teaming with life.