I've perched at the end
of the kitchen
in front of the back porch
facing the 

It became my 
grad school homework
for three years.

I nested there
awaiting my possibilities
adding to the space
making it as cozy
as one can make 
a kitchen table
competing with 
family meals
kids' homework
craft projects
during down time
and breaks
junk mail
wine glasses
coffee mugs
papers waiting 
to be graded

Time passed,
yet I still perch
at the end 
of the kitchen 
in front of the back porch window
facing the 
front door

It has become my
morning pages,
three of them
every day (mostly)
for over four years
flanked on the right
with a writing
wine glasses
and unopened bottles
of wine occupy the 
top shelf 
to be sipped

This morning,
I changed my seat
and now I perch
on the long side
of the kitchen 
to the right of the back porch
next to my son's 
favorite seat, 
occupied only when
he visits,
leaving the front door 
a better 
Saturday, March 18, 2023

7 thoughts on “Perch

  1. It seems like you kitchen area by the window is a very special place for you, for me too. The island table next the door to our backyard…I love the day light !


    1. I also love the day light and looking into the yard. Soon it will be comfortable enough to sit on the patio, but once the mosquitos start buzzing, I’ll have to stay indoors. This is the next best place.


  2. Oh, this pulls on my heartstrings for so many reasons. I have written several times about our dining room table. So much life happens there! I loved reading this today.


    1. Hi Leigh Anne. This also isn’t the first time I’ve written about our kitchen table. It’s a family member, pretty much. The kitchen is definitely the heart of the home and the table is its life source. When we discuss getting another one, everyone balks. My kids even asked my husband not to refinish the top. He did anyway, but I’m sure it won’t take long to scuff it up again. Thank you for reading.


  3. You’ve found the heart of your home! I love the title, and how it reflects that this multi-purpose place has become your permanent desk. Yet still you give up the best seat- that’s love! Your poem is a keeper.


    1. Thank you, Fran. I’ve been wanting my own space to write and had to make do with the kitchen table. Now that my son has his own place, I’m planning to re-do his empty room and make it my writing/craft room. However, I think it’s going to take a while for me to move in. I’ve become accustomed to my place at the table, but change is good.


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