York Prep congratulates English teacher Leah Mandel, whose poem “Close-Up” has been chosen for inclusion in the anthology The American Voice in Poetry: The Legacy of Whitman, Williams, and Ginsberg published by the Paterson Literary Review.
Ms. Mandel has been invited to read her poem on April 10, 2010, at the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey.
I’m always at the sink doing the dishes, scouring the pan you made baked beans in.
I loathe the smell, and pry off their crusted kiss with a harshness that would surprise.
I want to believe in magic, but the barren fridge cannot will the milk or orange juice I require.
I wonder if you’d be satisfied without your Skippy or Chips Ahoy? Too many days filter through this kitchen and still we strive for the fallen.
Let’s not forget your vein of comedy
– the way you love the brash –
Like the way you throw water on me when I’m in the toilet room. Still, not funny. (Okay, maybe a little.)
You do make me laugh; does that count?
I fear I have paraded you around and around and around. You say you’ve never been happy.
I know, Love is hard. We are never anyone’s really. We only belong to ourselves.