• Be With

    Cate Lycurgus

    Winter 2024

    This is just to see
    with the hoyer’s creaks
    what can I do
    while daddy sinks
    to the mattress
    for you 
    I’ve asked mamma
    thousands of days
    times each day
    night routine sets in
    I find her
    rolling the sling
    from under his
    behind I await
    reply & am always
    slow to take no
    answer as one
    the kettle cries out
    I am ready!
    for nothing really
    worth needing
    I can provide
    hot water, a plain
    mug, which I have

    Cate Lycurgus’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She has also received scholarships from Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. Cate lives in San Jose, California, where she interviews for 32 Poems and teaches professional writing. You can find her at www.catelycurgus.com.

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