The Best Literary Writing About Mothers and Motherhood

Pamela L. Laskin – Shared Room: A ghazal

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Pamela L. Laskin

 

Shared Room: A ghazal

To Elissa, 64

You sixteen and me eighteen
we shared a room

college and its chaos
inside our room

graduation, jobs, a wedding
in bigger rooms

after came the babies
no longer room

for reams of conversation
or quiet rooms

marriage, sometimes children
found us in ruins

secrets kept in vaults
locked in a room

again, we open house
to our heart’s room

today another sorrow
invades our room

together we can climb
in our shared room.


Pamela L. Laskin is a lecturer in the English Department at The City College, where she directs The Poetry Outreach Center. She is the published author of five books of poetry, several picture books and three young adult novels, Why No Goodbye (Leapfrog Press, 2019), the latest. Ronit And Jamil, a Palestinian/Israeli novel in verse was published by Harper Collins in 2017. Atmosphere Press will be publishing The Lost Language Of Crazy in 2021.

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