An explanation by Center for Poetry intern, Estee Schlenner: “Valentine’s Day is this week so I thought it only necessary to choose a love poem. This poem gives me all the warm, fuzzy feelings inside because it showcases the more sweet and subtle moments of love in a relationship. The last few lines are my favorite because they provide strong image of a sweet sentiment. I hope everyone has a nice Valentine’s Day, and remember to not only celebrate romantic love if you have it, but celebrate the love you have for your friends and family, and most importantly celebrate the love you have for yourself!”
“When I Tell My Husband I Miss the Sun, He Knows”
by Paige Lewis
what I really mean. He paints my name
across the floral bed sheet and ties the bottom corners
to my ankles. Then he paints another
for himself. We walk into town and play the shadow game,
saying Oh! I’m sorry for stepping on your
shadow! and Please be careful! My shadow is caught in the wheels
of your shopping cart. It’s all very polite.
Our shadows get dirty just like anyone’s, so we take
them to the Laundromat—the one with
the 1996 Olympics themed pinball machine—
and watch our shadows warm
against each other. We bring the shadow game home
and (this is my favorite part) when we
stretch our shadows across the bed, we get so tangled
my husband grips his own wrist,
certain it’s my wrist, and kisses it.
Copyright © 2018 by Paige Lewis. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on December 6, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.