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That Blissful Child

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: January 21, 2018

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When that blissful child falls asleep in your arms,

You wanna rock him all night long.

Sing him a ballad of, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star til day breaks,

Til your heart glows

But your brain screams, I’m tired.

It’s been a terribly long day.

Lots of tantrums.

A threenager you calm with such patience.

So you lay your precious babe in his bed,

Kiss his cheek,

Whisper, “Good-night, my darling,”

Then you creep out his door;

Think all you must do.

Dishes in the sink.

Legos and Hot-wheels strewn here and there.

Crumbs on the carpet.

Writing to complete.

Deadlines to meet.

Food stuck in your hair.

You don’t care.

Life is so fragile; that blissful child.

A dream gone by.

A blink of an eye. 

No man can predict.

Death.

Too sudden.

Too bitter.

Vicious in your veins.

Lays waste in its trail.

Hearts shatter in two.

Mouths wail your name.

The bells of heaven ring,

When you least expect.

When your plans can’t change.

When leaving hurts more than your suffering.

Unfinished paths you wished for.

You prepared for.

You paid for.

Yet you say, “It’s okay.

Better places need me more.

Meet me tomorrow,

The day after perhaps.

Hug me then, my dear.

Goodbye.”

You breathe from your lips,

As your spirit rises.

As you watch my babe.

As he runs in the meadow.

His sweet face.

His smile.

Dandelions he blows.

“You must know that,” you say.

“I tread beside you.”

Our toes in the grass.

Our eyes on the sky.

“Hold my fingers a little longer, my dear.

You will see.”

Brilliant colors.

Oranges and reds ablaze in the horizon.

A sunset for me.

A sign for you.

“Quickly. 

Take up your staff.

Brave that dangerous world. 

Your greatest goals.

Loves of your life.

Reach them."

Lest that blissful child vanish come morning.


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