FNS: Tonight we’re waiting from Kyle Doty

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Every Friday night we feature a short story, essay, personal narrative,
poem, spoken word, or short film for your enjoyment.

Helen Presents: a poem from Kyle Doty


Tonight we’re waiting

for labor to start‐‐
my grandmother always told me
“a watched pot never boils.”
Maybe my grandmother was right.

The dog is a pile at the
foot of the bed‐‐soft snores escaping
her short snout‐‐she waits along with us.
She was never a mother, has grey‐washed
memories of being a puppy,
but she still has primal instincts.

She rests at our feet only looking
up occasionally to check on us as
if she’s offering the best advice she
knows: they’ll come when it’s time
don’t concern yourself‐‐
each woman’s time is predestined.


Kyle Doty is a 7th grade ELA teacher. His debut book of poetry Hush, Don’t Tell Nobody was published by Apprentice House in the spring.

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