When Sleep Came

Your eyelashes moved the

air between us.

The lids which carried them

would swing open and shut…

open and shut.

 

And there, soft blue would

circle the light within you.

That little light of yours

that did shine…

did shine on us.

 

When we were with you

lower loves were called up

to the higher one.

Agape’ would surface…

it would surface in us.

 

Your family would see

your smiles spread across.

Sometimes you would

lend them to the rest of us…

to rest on us.

 

A language from above

you would speak.

A coo of your own tongue

would rise with our questions…

rise above our questions.

 

Without a first step,

without a framed embrace,

without a formed word,

you spoke to our lives…

spoke into our lives.

 

And we slowed down

down to our being

where the still small voice is

that voice you heard

that voice we hear.

 

And when sleep came,

it came so sweetly and

air slipped in and out and

God held our breath…

God held our breath.

 

For the Webb family

in honor of Aiden Josiah Webb

April 1st 2011

 

 

© Gerald Allen Barrett and parentheticallyspeakingin3d, 2012.

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10 thoughts on “When Sleep Came

  1. Jerry,

    My eyes, my ears, my heart, my whole self was brought back to that little room where we all sat around that precious child. The memories are so sweet and the words reminded me again of the closeness of those people who were touched by that little guy. His short life touched even more than those there. Wherever he went, people were quickly brought in to the circle of the touch of God’s love. Thank you for helping us all to remember those moments!
    …Phyl

  2. Well done — as always!

    (The logical part of me — which is most of me — appreciates the consistent 5 line format and how the last two lines of each stanza played off each other.)

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