After breakfast, I take a train,
and by the time I’m back it’s night,
and you’re asleep in our bed.
When I wake up the next morning,
you’re on a train, and you
won’t be back until dinner.
Sometimes it’s like this—
one of us moving, the other still.
But tonight I’ll make us something
to eat. I’ll sauté spinach, use garlic,
make a nest for the black beans.
When you open the door,
you’ll be ready to eat. And steam
will be rising off the plates.
David Ebenbach is the author of the new poetry collection Some Unimaginable Animal (Orison Books) and six other books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, winners of such awards as the Juniper Prize and the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, among others. He lives with his family in Washington, DC, where he teaches creative writing and literature at Georgetown University. You can find out more, if you'd like, at davidebenbach.com. "Sometimes It’s Like This” is from Some Unimaginable Animal, copyright 2019 by David Ebenbach. Reprinted by permission of Orison Books. www.orisonbooks.com.