I stay up late after the house is quiet
Finishing projects in sewing and words
Away from the darling needy children
And alone with the depths of my thoughts.
When I want to learn something
I read books about astronomy and birds
I know the knowledge will not help me at work
Or at home, but I want to know anyway.
I am my mother’s daughter because
I know there is no harm in knowing about
The world away from my own
Even if I never see it.