By Martha Deed

I never thought of doorsills

the height and width of them

the possibility of splinters

before I had a child

the diameter of a doorknob

the ease of a door handle

the trickiness of grass

the duplicity of sand

the danger of dishwater

Before I had a child

I never contemplated

the mental gymnastics

involved in sitting

Before I had a child

I never comprehended

the significance of electric outlets

measured against the diameter

of baby fingers

I never foresaw

the pleasure

memories of her childhood

could bring

for in those moments

she is still alive

MARTHA DEED will join poet Lisa Wiley as featured readers in this month’s Just Buffalo Literary Café at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road in Amherst. This poem is from her new collection of selected poems “Climate Change” published by FootHills Publishing. A retired psychologist and widely published writer in the fields of psychology, law and medicine, she is the author of three previous books of poetry and two books (“City Bird” and “The Last Collaboration”) as editor of and collaborator with her daughter, the poet Millie Niss, who died in 2009.