A friend gave me on keeping things small, a collection by Marilyn Bushman-Carlton (Signature, 1995), and it was a happy surprise. Bushman-Carlton is a poet after my own heart, writing about small moments in family life. This is an excerpt
from "On Sunday Nights"
by Marilyn Bushman-Carlton
. . .
Earlier, he was the bishop
dozing in his seat behind the pulpit.
He didn't dance in public.
. after his last meeting, just as Guy Lombardo
. animated the black and white TV
Father would come, untie
. the apron Mother wore to supervise
. our baths.
. Around the floor they'd spin,
her green eyes spicy, his hand at home
in the groove of her waist. . . .