Day 17 – Slice of Life Challenge – night poetry

4:00 A.M

startled awake

alert listening for sounds

silence is felt

stumble to the bathroom

stumble back to notice

light pouring in over the pillow

a cold clear sky with a hazy bright moon

cresting over the peak of the neighbors house

one lone star to the west

holds the house and world in a moment of silence

crawling under covers to a sigh from the house

as the heat kicks in, the distant sound of cars on the freeway start,

the soft breathing of my husband

settle back into the breathing of the dream world

4:10 A.M.

(I am not often a poetry writer but words continued to circle my head in the early morning hours as I watching the moon and its star friend brighten the sky and my bedroom. Words take hold and one must follow.)

 

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About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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3 Responses to Day 17 – Slice of Life Challenge – night poetry

  1. Embekka says:

    Thank you for sharing. I love the literary moves you made in this piece, and I especially like the phrase, “one lone star to the west holds the house and world in a moment of silence.”

  2. Tim Gels says:

    Thank you for following and sharing your early-morning journey with us! (And, as a husband, thanks for letting him sleep!)

  3. Perhaps you were meant to be awake to find the words for such a poem as this. It is beautiful. And you are so right – I am so glad that you followed when those words took hold.

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