Poem of the Week: “When I Tell My Husband I Miss the Sun, He Knows,” by Paige Lewis

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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.

Published by cpoetrymsu

The Center for Poetry opened in the fall of 2007 to encourage the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry and to create an awareness of the place and power of poetry in our everyday lives. We think about this in a number of ways, including through readings, shows, community outreach, and workshops. We are at work building a poetry community at MSU and in the greater Lansing area. Contact: cpoetry@msu.edu (517) 884-1932 http://www.poetry.rcah.msu.edu

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