“Why Are You So Silent, Jackleen?”


“Why Are You So Silent, Jackleen?”

So while she sleeps, she snuggles here with me.
I hold her tiny feet close to my breast.
No baby’s breath I sense as she so breathes.
No sound is heard. My rocker takes a rest.

Her fading flower forgives too-early bloom.
The petals close upon my rosy child.
We sway as she drifts close to home, too soon.
My rocking stops. I listen in a while.

And I, grandmother of some ancient curse;
I cannot hold her in my anguished arms.
I shudder; hand her to the waiting nurse.
My heart-child: we must keep her from all harm.

Nurse bundles her from sight as I must keen:
“Why…why do you so silent, sleep, Jackleen?”

(Day 29, April PAD, Writer’s Digest. Prompt: Write a Reality poem.)

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One Comment on ““Why Are You So Silent, Jackleen?””

  1. Dubious
    May 7, 2014 at 6:00 am #

    Too too sad Jackie . Some may revel in sadness, but that should not be me nor thee.

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