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Below is the poem entitled Linsey-Woolsey which was written by poet Charles Henderson. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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No one else sleeps 
where I lay my head.
My empty bed.
My nest.
My safety zone of rest.
I’m such a child at times,
to be so grown
and sleeping alone
doesn’t seem to be
the thing that I see
in the future for a girl like me. 
I am- -I seem to say
in my head of course as I lay
buried in the feather tick 
with Gram’s linsey- woolsey
still so warm and thick
pressed against my cheek.
Sometime’s I think
I smell her hair and
while lying there
just for a moment --
a single moment
I do feel her with me.   
Oh, I hope she can see
how much I miss her.
She was and she felt
the feelings that stir
and needle and pelt
the inner me as I melt
from the child who clings
to the old self while the new rises.

Inspired by the portrait--"sleeping child"

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  1. Date: 2/26/2014 9:25:00 PM
    :D Well, I think you're going to enjoy that the artist, Stephanie Deshpande, has blogged about this contest and has posted the winners' list on her site AND there is a direct link to all the winning poems. So... others who appreciate her art, will see this poem! How cool is this? Here is a link to her blog page. Also, I put up a new blog about this.. I think this is a Soup first. I'm still stunned in the most delighted way

  1. Date: 2/15/2014 7:48:00 PM
    So glad to see you take up your pen again, I bet you were thinking of your own grand kids! Congrad's on your win. Light & love

  1. Date: 2/11/2014 10:06:00 AM
    Congrats, Charles! Yes, I did very much enjoy this one... love the ...umm?... character/feel of the Linsey Woolsey. It is a detail like this which brings a necessary intimacy to a poem, that element of show/tell which we've discussed in the past (a shared view.) Also, I tend to instinctively rhyme the last two lines. I really liked that you DID NOT (though there is a nice play with melt/ self... soo good). Lovely arrangement as well.

  1. Date: 2/11/2014 9:35:00 AM
    My grandma loves this poem, along long gone. Oh and I do too.

  1. Date: 1/9/2014 7:07:00 PM
    Real good Chas, you had me worrying about you and our gal Carolyn, I missed you two at Christmas! Light & Love

    Henderson Avatar Charles Henderson
    Date: 2/11/2014 9:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, with 10 grands !! Just enough to really keep you busy, but not enough to not see all. but of course we don't get to Washington state except by email.
  1. Date: 1/6/2014 7:52:00 PM