Writing on the Edge of the Kitchen Table – Amy B. Moreno

Migrated do-to lists with chastened ‘shoulds’

Amy B. Moreno currently lives in Edinburgh with her young family. An experienced translator and interpreter, she’s now trying her hand at writing her own words rather than someone else’s. She enjoys wild swimming, and cosying up with a good book (preferably in that order).

Writing on the Edge of the Kitchen Table
Amy B. Moreno


Someone once told me that mothers
Of young children (the Keepers of Others),
Write on the edges of kitchen tables
And kept occupied, but otherwise able
I push an empty-tanked car to the next frontier.
During this period of enjambment in my career
I mill out daily product reviews,
Shuffling priorities for minimal revenue,
Rejected notes from the country of motherhood,
Migrated do-to lists with chastened ‘shoulds’.
And a laptop moored in play-dough and crumbs,
Or tapping out plot memos with bedtime thumbs,
Guilty translations and proof reading,
At the margins of “Mummy, play more” pleading,
On receipts; a balanced assonance scribble,
Blotted by demanding baby dribble,
On the borders of highchairs and nappy changes,
‘Peace and quiet’ workplace strangers,
No room of my own with territorial workmates,
Sharing my bed, annexing my headspace,
I can make room on the desk still covered in laundry,
Finding space in my mind; a more challenging quandary.

Amy B. Moreno

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