lesley herrera

Rookie (10/07/71 / mexico missouri)

The Night The World Stood Still - Poem by lesley herrera

I saw the flicker of lights
underneath your bedroom door
Shadows playing peek a boo
with darkness in the hallway
I walked in your room
and turned off the TV
Tugging on the blanket
nestled beneath your legs
I covered you
I remember it like yesterday
your sweet voice in my ear
‘Mama, Mama, tuck me in’
not sleeping until I did
Snug as a bug in a rug
then I tucked you in tight
Bending down to kiss you
as I had so many times
The soft light of the moon
caressed your face
Tiny beams of light
sparkled in your hair
Mesmerized by your beauty
Looking at a porcelain doll
too pretty to touch
Soft pink cheeks touched by
the petal of a rose
Almond shaped eyes
eyelashes thick and long
I just stood there watching you
watching you sleep
I could have stayed for hours
memorizing your face
As night turned to day
day into night
Unaware of anything except
the sound of your breathing
My precious baby girl
only a baby in my eyes
My life consumed with so much
I’m missing out
Just as the seasons change
flowers bloom so have you
No longer will I look at you
with closed eyes
I promise I will capture
every smile from your lips
I’ll hear every work you utter
like a song in my ear
One day you won’t need me
and all I’ll have
Are moments like this
and memories of our
Silent conversation
the night the world stood still

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 31, 2008

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