• Carla

The Show

Updated: May 13, 2021

It Looks Good on You

You are as beautiful as the babies you hold, the babies you birth, the babies you rescue, the babies you long for, the babies you have lost. You look beautiful, mama, because you are.



The Off-Season

The winter has been long, my dear.

The world has been asleep around you.

Snow has drifted and become so deep.

You have been digging with such dedication,

as if each shovelful might finally loose the spring.

Yet, the snow has not buried you.

Turn around, dear, and you will see

you were always on the way.



It Runs in the Family

I’m so very lucky with an apple for each eye,

my dual dandelion seeds, I’m awed to watch you fly.

Fingers chalked with cheese dust reaching out to me,

come on in and hold on tight, armed like anemones.

Pink cheeks sweet like bubblegum the angels must have blown,

I’m here for you, my pilgrims, Plymouth Rock when rough seas roll.

Be it cabin in the woods or some deserted swamp,

I’m the porch light shining when you’ve finished with your romp.

If all that’s left are strings of pearls and dusty books and genes,

pass on the love I gave you, may it live long after me.



Go On

The lights went out.

The lights went out and candles were lit.

The lights went out and candles were lit around the world.

The lights went out and candles were lit around the world by dancing hands.

The lights went out and candles were lit around the world by dancing hands that cast long shadows.

The lights went out and candles were lit by dancing hands that cast long shadows pulling rabbits out of hats.

The lights went out and candles were lit by dancing hands that cast long shadows pulling rabbits out of hats and cupboards and thin air.

The lights went out and candles were lit around the world by dancing hands that cast long shadows pulling rabbits out of hats and cupboards and thin air like every other day.

The lights went out and candles were lit around the world by dancing hands that cast long shadows pulling rabbits out of hats and cupboards and thin air like every other day because that’s what mothers do.


No matter what, the show must go on.



Love You Too

I love you young

I love you old

I love you warm

I love you cold

I love you up

I love you down

I love you smiled

I love you frowned

I love you when the days are long

I love you when things turn out wrong

I love you when our time is breezy


Being with you is so easy


I love you meek

I love you bold

I love you silver

I love you gold

I love you short

I love you tall

I love you spring

I love you fall

I love you when our cloth is faded

I love you with your teenage hatred

I love you when it feels new


It’s such a joyful thing to do


I love you whole

I love you hurting

I love you clean

I love you dirty

I love you tame

I love you wild

I love you messy

I love you styled

I love you earth

I love you sky


My love does not need why


I love you when I can’t remember

I love you when life burns to embers

I love you with all that I am

I love you like Green Eggs and Ham

I love you plum

I love you peach

I love you forest

I love you beach

I love you mountain

I love you hill

I love you, love you


Still, still, still


I love you short

I love you long

I love you silence

I love you song

I love you different

I love you same

I love you unknown

I love you famed

I love you kisses

I love you hugs

I love you tea in piping mugs

I love you clothes strewn in a pile


I love you without cease, my child


I love you silly

I love you sad

I love you kind

I love you mad

I love you sure

I love you stumped

I love you smooth

I love you lumped

I love you sun

I love you moon

I love you later

I love you soon

I love you sweet

I love you sour

I love you minute

I love you hour


I love you when you’re far or near me

I love you whether strong or weary


I love you cramped

I love you spaced

I love you without time or place

I love you without strings or glue

But yes, I love you,


Love you too.



Thank you for joining me. I am so glad you’re here!

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