Saturday Poem: 'Before'

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Before the vacation,
the small joy of packing:
toothbrush, comb, book,
each object conjuring
a faraway city.

Before a child grows up,
six thousand ordinary days:
meals cooked, clothes washed,
miles upon miles walked side by side
in unconsidered happiness.

-- Mary Soon Lee


Mary Soon Lee, born in London, lives in Squirrel Hill. Her poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review, American Scholar and Main Street Rag.


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