Another Sort of Lullaby

Another Sort of Lullaby

by Laura Summerville Reed





Chiffon billowing like great puffs of celadon colored smoke


The curtains at my grandmother’s window


On mornings when my eyes didn't want to open


Giant breathes of soft and rhythmic gossamer


Breathing the whip-poor-will's call, and creek mud

And two skinned-up knees


Deep into a young girl


Like a lullaby


A soft and rhythmic din of metal to metal


From her kitchen


Another sort of lullaby


Utensils. Utility. Usefulness.


Only needed things there


The aroma of love and comfort; the salt of the earth


And all good things in the world wafting


Through the tiny house


To the cot where I lay


Sunlight shining like mercy across crisp white sheets


And quilts stitched by hands long stilled by time’s decay




LSR 2013©

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A.A. Zavala 2 years ago from Texas

Beautiful, haunting, mesmerizing. The sounds and feel of home, and fond memories of a life past. Love it....


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lalesu 2 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Thank you, Augustine. ~ Laura


Andris 22 months ago

Heaven and Hell, good and evil...just points on a line I think.... a line that prbboaly circles back on itself eventually. Compassion and understanding helps grease that line. what a great poem and photo for a Monday evening. You rock.


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manatita44 15 months ago from london

Much potential and a great Poem. Continue ... continue ...


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lalesu 12 months ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Thank you both, Andris and manatita44, for stopping by to read and share your thoughts on this piece. My apologies for my delay in responding to your kind words of encouragement. ~ Laura

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