This poem below I read for the first time last night in my book You Drive Me Crazy, Love Poems for Real People. It was in the first section of Ecstasy. To me, this poem is very similar to a newlywed or any couple, starting a home together. Take a look.
"I Want," Kim Konopka (Love Poems for Real Life)
to shove my clothes
to one side of the closet,
give you the bigger half.
Quietly I'll hide most of my shoes, This makes me laugh!
so you wont know I have this many.
rearrange furniture to add more,
find space on my shelves
for your many books, My LT had 6 boxes filled with books on our PCS move.
nail up the placard that says
poets do it, and redo it, and do it again.
to share a laundry basket,
get our clothes mixed up,
wait for the yelling
when my reds run wild
into your whites
turning them a luscious pink Luckily, this hasn't happened.
your favorite color of me.
move my pillow
to the other side of the bed
lay yours next to mine,
your scent on the fabric
always near me, Smell is my favorite scent. It triggers memories.
even on nights you're away. I like having his scent around when he is gone.
buy a new bureau to hold your
thousand and one black socks I am sure I am not the only MilSpouse with 8000 green pairs.
find a place for all those work boots
the ones I refer to as big and ugly. I couldn't agree more about their boots.
more pots and pans to wash,
piles of them leaning high
from late night meals
cooked naked and drunk, I am pretty sure this only happens on t.v.
red wine pouring into
a sauce of simmering
tomatoes, garlic and oil,
kisses bitten between bites,
and platefuls of our late hours
stacking up into dawn.
to stock cupboards, closets and pantry,
fill the house with us. The house is a home when you are around.
I want to gain weight with you because our love, our loves make me fat.