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Jaymie Lanera

Comforting Thoughts

Hush little girl, don’t cry.
The sun rises today.
Each blade of grass supports moisture pearls.
The lawns are cut and hedges trimmed,
and the birds sing melodies with the wind.

Hush little girl, don’t cry.
Nothing resides within that you should fear,
as the remains lie peacefully here.
A ring of hollow sun
protects my head,
and not a single bug
disturbs my bed.

My heavenly existence
is my continuation.
Visitors often pass by.
They bring me flowers
and sometimes cry.

Regularly, your father comes;
Shakily he begins to sing me a song.
His voice is like the pulsate of bongo drums.
Bearing the tenderness in his heart,
his lyrics and composure rapidly fall apart.

The image alone of his vocal tone
can change the mood of anyone;
put him in the white spotlight and watch
how his height grows through his mouth alone.

But when he sits here by my stone,
he fills the flower cones with water
and digs down really deep,
asking the Lord for assurance
that I hear what he speaks.

Beside him, like you, I sit,
hoping my distant touch will help him feel
that my presence is consistently near.
My existence he rationally tries to permit.

Smiling in the face of a sulking mask
Which many would have failed to do;
He conquered a task
in the most challenging of times.
With clear skies so far from view,
he stood up straight blowing away the clouds;
he saw he had a little girl to raise;
and he did a great job with you.

My world brightens when you two are together.
Your chemical combination makes me explode
with happiness as I watch you grow.

Hush my child, do not cry.
Instead, smile up into the night’s sky and know
that the brightest star smiling back at you,
The one that is the most high –
Know that it’s me
always in eyes reach!

Submitted: Monday, February 26, 2007
Edited: Monday, January 24, 2011

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  • joyce ebrecht (2/27/2007 12:26:00 PM)

    jaymie....this is just the second poem of yours i read and i have to say that this one is amazing as a conception from the other that many probably dont give much thought to....i guess we think more about the feelings of those left behind than those who had to go....this is sad but peaceful, comforting....looking forward to reading your other poems...again...thanks for sharing....peace....
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