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Recorded for Poem-a-Day, October 10, 2018.
About this Poem 

“I wrote this when I noticed that a simple physical action could hold multiple meanings and that I, too, could intend both at once—that I could offer compassion and comfort while signaling a boundary and a sea change.”
—Kayte Young

Before you returned

Before you returned
from treatment I rearranged
 
our room: turned the bed ninety
degrees switched the nightstands.
 
I didn’t want you to come home to
see that everything has changed
 
nothing is familiar. On the other
hand, I wanted you to see
 
that everything has changed
nothing is familiar.

Copyright © 2018 by Kayte Young. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on October 10, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

Copyright © 2018 by Kayte Young. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on October 10, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

Kayte Young

Kayte Young

Kayte Young is the author of eleven (Ledge Mule Press, 2018).