Foreplay, After Having Kids

He kissed me when he left this morning.
And said,
“Thanks for all that
you do around here,”
while nodding his head toward
the sink,
the kids,
the laundry room.

He put those kids to bed when he got home.
He cleaned the bathtub
so I could take a bath
while he straightened up.
He did the dishes and the laundry,
vacuumed even.

He never mentioned sex.
After all of that, he didn’t need to.

  • Jen Anderson

    Wow. I am just mesmerized by your poetry. It is so beautiful and perfectly captures motherhood. I am laughing and crying in the same breath. Thank you so much for sharing it!!

    May 16, 2014 at 2:33 pm
    • Anne Flavin

      Thank you! I’d love if you came over to Facebook and liked my page there as well. Thanks, again!

      June 3, 2014 at 6:39 pm
  • This one is getting artwork! Love the honesty, as always.

    May 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm
  • Lindsey Mead

    Amen. Yes. Yes, yes, and 100% yes. xox

    June 2, 2014 at 1:13 pm
  • Just clicked over from your comment on Lindsey’s post. Amen to this! It is so true (as was your comment on Lindsey’s post). WE ARE TIRED, and when he makes the effort to recognize this and help out in the most basic ways, my heart and body respond as though it’s a romantic gesture.

    June 3, 2014 at 10:04 am
    • Anne Flavin

      Thank you, Lara!

      June 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm

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