Sleeping With The Red Sox

Anne Britting Oleson


She kept the television on all day,

all night, the first year she lived

alone, without husband

or father.  It glowed in its own

room, where she rarely visited.

She never really listened to it talk

to itself, repeating the news

of its day.  She only needed

to know it was there, carrying on,

another voice in her otherwise

empty house.


That was then.  She’s learned to love

the darkness, or at least not

to mind the setting of sun, and can

do without the flickering screen.  She’s

learned to navigate by touch.  Still,

the voices she can’t do without:

crawling into this wide bed, she listens

to the team and lulls herself to sleep

with the comfort of the roaring crowd.





Anne Britting Oleson has been published  in such journals as Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Cafe Review,  Cimarron Review and many others.  Her chapbook, The Church of St. Materiana, was recently published by Moon Pie Press.  Anne  graduated in 2005 from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program, where she met up with the four marvelous writers with whom she founded Simply Not Done, a women's reading, writing and teaching collective.