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Poem for a sleeping child

Poem for a sleeping child   


There’s a wish to wander in your cool innocence
and cruise the thoughttides of no
responsibility—so easily you wipe your
shoeless feet on the ever waiting door
mat of socialization. How can I help you keep your 
tender "souls" intact—your tread from
wearing thin out of align so as not to
fall flat. Your easy grace put to an 
unfair test of ill-will winds blowing
carelessly at your soft back. I long for your sweet
calm at rest so deep so empty filled with
solid happiness—you know you are loved 
beyond any measure that’s human or infinite. If
I could walk with you for a moment and peek
quietly at your conscience-----but no-it's yours  
and no Dooleys allowed. Forgive me to 
want to intrude on your ever pleasant play-would you
share with me like the kernel of rice or
squashed raisin-I might, but only if we all
can go. Keep it hold it for as long as you
can-as it suddenly disappears without a trace
never to be found again lest you become your 
own sondaughter and learn to bask on 
the outside looking in—---and be content. I 
will live to never intrude on your soulspace,
but will always knock first. I am sorry ahead 
of time for any pain I cause—for my mat 
was torn treaded , muddy and ragged—my
sleep had no wanting witness. But I promise
to watch over you      all ways.

Dave Collins collincd. Song, Poem for a sleeping child, by stanley jordon
Spring 1991


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  1. Date: 2/10/2014 5:40:00 PM

    Loving this win again Dave... SKAT

  1. Date: 1/11/2014 5:14:00 PM

    Congrats on your winning work..Sara

  1. Date: 1/10/2014 12:44:00 PM

    A very beautiful poem this is my dear friend Dave. Thank u so much for sharing and many congratulations on your great win! love and big hugs, Leonora

    Collins Avatar Dave Collins Date: 1/10/2014 7:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This is my fav poem and my son is now 23.
  1. Date: 1/10/2014 12:32:00 AM

    It is such a joy to watch a child sleep and you've put in words all the thoughts that go through a loving parent's mind. congratulations and best wishes All ways!!!

    Collins Avatar Dave Collins Date: 1/10/2014 7:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I appreciate yr positive praise.
  1. Date: 1/8/2014 9:40:00 PM

    What a lovely poem and a fine win. Congrats on the win, Dave

    Collins Avatar Dave Collins Date: 1/10/2014 7:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for yr kindness.
  1. Date: 1/8/2014 2:48:00 PM

    This is so softly gentle.....so beautiful, just a lovely poem! congrats to you....wonderful win!!

  1. Date: 1/8/2014 10:53:00 AM

    Congrats on your poem of wisdom and great win, sir. G.

  1. Date: 8/13/2013 5:25:00 PM

    Just what every parent would like to say to their child....congratulations on your win.... Jake

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 5:59:00 PM

    Enjoyed your winning poem..congratulations..nice job..

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 12:13:00 AM

    My hearty congratulations on your super win my dear friend. Thank you so much as well for sharing your excellent write. Have a grace-filled wkend! Love lots and big hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 4:21:00 PM

    Congrats on your win. G.

  1. Date: 8/9/2013 7:23:00 PM

    Congrats....SKAT

  1. Date: 8/9/2013 5:12:00 PM

    congrats on win Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 8/8/2013 9:16:00 PM

    a nice winning poem LINDA

  1. Date: 8/8/2013 8:11:00 PM

    congratulations "NATE

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 6:41:00 PM

    This is more than most children can hope for... Devotion is the key to raising children. They can recognize, very quickly, anything less than sincere.... I find great Love, Wisdom, and Devotion in your work.... Jake

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 9:38:00 PM

    this is a nice poem, CONGRATS!! SKAT

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 4:12:00 PM

    Congratulations on the win. Well done.

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 8:33:00 PM

    Congratulations with your impressive winning word play poem, DAVE... Take Care <3 xox <3 LINDA

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 11:28:00 AM

    Impressive! Congrats on your win. AO

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 9:21:00 PM

    congrats on your win, loved this poem from the first time I laid eyes on it, xxxx

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 6:17:00 PM

    Congrad's on Your Win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 2:46:00 PM

    What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed, feelings shaped like words. It's rewarding to read such poetry Davis. Congratulations on your well deserve win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 1:47:00 PM

    This is deeply thoughtful, introspective and takes more than one reading. Amazing poetry! Congratulations!

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 1:12:00 PM

    Dave, awesome stuff here--very special write!

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 10:16:00 AM

    Great Poem Kim

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 6:12:00 PM

    Congrad's on your writing winning. Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 1:51:00 PM

    Congrats on your win. GL xxx

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 12:39:00 PM

    Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 6:55:00 AM

    An awesome write. Congratulations on your win in Skat's contest. Good work, Dave. :-)

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