Lighthouse / After 22 Years

Two poems by Jodie Baeyens, December 2019

I am a writing professor at The American Military University. I hold an MFA in creative writing with a concentration in poetry.


Kiss me with your broken mouth
Your greying beard
And the unfulfilled dreams
That never quite came true

I’ll touch you with the hands
Of a mother
of dead babies
And broken promises

Both of us the lighthouse
Both of us the storm

After 22 Years

I love you
smoky breath
greying hair
exactly as you are

Failed dreams
broken promises
I never waiver

my first choice
even if
you weren’t

the father of my children
the owner of
my last name

I would always
choose you