Marilyn Lighter Taylor (born October 2, 1939) is an American poet with eight published collections of poems. Taylor’s poems have been published in numbers of anthologies and journals, that have included The American Scholar, Smartish Pace, The Formalist, Poetry, and the Poetry’s 90th Anniversary Anthology. Subject to Change (David Robert, 2004), her second full-length collection, was nominated for... more »
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Home Again, Home Again
The children are back, the children are back—
They've come to take refuge, exhale and unpack;
The marriage has faltered, the job has gone bad,
Come open the door for them, Mother and Dad.
The city apartment is leaky and cold,
The landlord lascivious, greedy and old—
The mattress is lumpy, the oven's encrusted,
The freezer, the fan, and the toilet have rusted.
The company caved, the boss went broke,
The job and the love affair, all up in smoke.
The anguish of loneliness comes as a shock—
O heart in the doldrums, O heart in hock.
And so they return...