One night of many – a poem

Posted: March 17, 2016 in Popular Culture et al
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I lie beside you, a long wait into tomorrow

and listen to you gently snore.

Whoever invented that phrase

~ gently snore ~

they knew. There is ungentle snoring,

when I nudge you in the back and roll you

half awake into silence

but that is not this. This is a soft rhythm

like the sea carressing white sand.


The rain on the new tin roof

syncopatedly changes tempo

as if to accompany you.

For a while there, it rises and falls

in time with your chest

in time with your dreams.

And the life in your breath

and the life in the rain

soothe me.


Without warning, I am assailed by images.

Unbidden. What would happen

if you were taken out of our lives?

A truck, a tree branch, your heart.

Police at the door, our daughter’s face.

The nights.

I could manage the days, I think.

But not the nights.

I listen for the gentle heave of air.


And again, and again, there it is,

that gentle heave of air, and I am stilled.

Do not distress yourself with imaginings.

Not yet. Not yet awhile, at least.

Go to sleep.

The rain falls on the world like balm.

And by the moonlight of the clock

I see your perfect calm face and think

how you would hold me, if you knew.



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  1. Simon O says:

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..was that about me??


  2. Simon O says:

    well it was very sweet…and it talks about people’s fears beautifully….


  3. Oh my god. Such beautiful words, I fall in love with her, with you, the poem, with the gentle snore …


  4. Thank you: I very much appreciate your feedback. As always.


  5. gwpj says:

    Beautiful in every way, Yolly. I’m not surprised that you write poetry, as it’s in everything you do.

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  6. Very sweet, stirring.


  7. jason says:

    nice gentle pace and subtle psynchron… the juxtaposition of loss and holding… magnifique! check out some of my work tell us what you think…


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