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My Sleeping Child

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My Sleeping Child

I don’t recall what I dreamt of –
did I think upon myself
with contempt or
was sleep replete
with perfect places.

I don’t recall what I thought,
when down the rabbit hole
I fought with 
who to trust –
too many smiles and faces.

I don’t really recall
the depths of fear
and all the 
demons I created
that chased me till dawn.

But this is not me,
it is my child
and she is,
though curled like in my womb,
the artist of her own song.

But, I wish so
to climb into her dreams
and scold all
that try
to do her wrong.


Written from the artist's (mother's) point of view

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  1. Date: 3/11/2014 11:05:00 AM

    I'm blown away Craig! Who knew shallow waters run this deep?

  1. Date: 3/9/2014 5:35:00 PM

    Lovely poem, Craig, you capture a mother's perspective well

  1. Date: 2/27/2014 11:14:00 PM

    So sweet how you put yourself into the character of a mother here. I really enjoyed reading this one, Craig. Congratulations. I am finally seeing some of the winners of this contest!!

  1. Date: 2/26/2014 8:43:00 PM

    http://www.stephaniedeshpande.com/contemporary-free-rhyme-poetry-contest/ WAHOOOOO! Here you go, chum, a link to Stephanie Deshpande's blog on the winners... a link to this poem is now on her site. What a journey this has been. Such a wondrous meeting of visual and written art. I have gone from tizzy to out and out giddy! Hugs!

  1. Date: 2/15/2014 7:44:00 PM

    You really got inside the mother and child dynamic! Throughly enjoyed! Congrad's on your win. Light & love

  1. Date: 2/11/2014 2:07:00 PM

    Craig.. craig!!! CRAIG! First, congrats.. I'm in a wonderful tizzy. STEPHANIE DESPANDE HERSELF will be reading the winners! She would like to feature the winners on HER WEBSITE... she was thrilled to have inspired poetry and she is a poet herself!!! She just joined soup and you may see her today! I am floating, turning mental cartwheels... I suspect this may be her favourite.. did you know the subject you were writing about IS the artists DAUGHTER? Ha. Great stuff you wrote.. I can't calm down.

    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 2/11/2014 3:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Really! You deserve to be in a tizzy (what a happy word that is seldom used but everyone knows what it means!) From day one when I came here I said to myself, "This lady is special". So, like the kid in Good Will Hunting, I fear and bless the day when you may go on to bigger things! I definitely had a feeling it was either her child or her inner self as a child--amazingly emotive art either way! Thank you Cyndi and welcome Stephanie!!
  1. Date: 2/11/2014 11:04:00 AM

    Great write and win Craig...congrats

  1. Date: 12/11/2013 2:49:00 PM

    This one really spoke to me, Craig. The depths of my love for my daughter go farther than even I realize, I think. I'd like to have her with me at all times to protect her, and God help anyone who would try to hurt her. Love this poem!!!!

    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/16/2013 9:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It's a good thing, I could tell the protective parents when I picked a girl up on a date!! Couldn't you!!
  1. Date: 12/11/2013 12:04:00 PM

    Awwwww.....so sweet. I read this before but came back to post a comment....AND to say....this avatar????? Oh me oh my.....I've told you that before...I know, but had to say it again!!!!

    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/11/2013 1:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Eileen thanks hon!!
  1. Date: 12/11/2013 11:42:00 AM

    Craig, I am blown away! This portrays a father's love from depths within your soul! overwhelming! chuck

    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/11/2013 12:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much Chuck
  1. Date: 12/9/2013 6:31:00 PM

    I can't help but wonder what inspired this poem, but I know so well the feeling of wanting to protect a child, almost to the point of slipping myself into their skin, just so that I can keep them from harm. The feeling is so intense....and yet, we cannot always shield them as much as we would like. You know that better than most, as do I.....but of the dream, and the intensity of the desire. ...we have no control

    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/11/2013 12:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Carrie, I was inspired by Cyndi's contest and the painting of the sleeping girl and tried to write it from a mother's point of view, hence the womb reference---and yes we do know Carrie--God Bless! and thank you
  1. Date: 12/9/2013 6:17:00 PM

    We are so connected to our child that sometimes it feels like we are one and the same. Sadly there are places beyond our protective grasp and we must allow them to venture on their own.This is a parents painful reality. Fortunately they are stronger than we realize because they have collected a reserve of our strength.

    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/11/2013 12:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much Richard--you're so right
  1. Date: 12/9/2013 12:36:00 PM

    I felt a father's protective love and wanting to let her live her own life too here...beautiful Craig...

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 9:02:00 AM

    This is very well-written free verse from you, Craig -- succinct, with some intriguing line breaks. I don't agree with Debbie on this one(which is totally kosher). The overall effect wouldn't be as strong(for me at least)if you spelled-out too many details. Much of this poem's charm obviously comes from the reader filling in possible scenarios as the stanzas move along.

    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/9/2013 9:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Chris--from a talented free verser like you it is high praise.BTW, I forwarded your Love Poem - 29 to my nephew who is recovering from some issues and he loved it as I do.
  1. Date: 12/8/2013 7:29:00 PM

    I enjoyed your verse Craig and feel like I want to know more like I'm not getting a complete story? Light & Love

    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/8/2013 8:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    On reading again I agree--I am one like Hitchcock or Poe that likes to leave something for the reader to ponder on their own which is what a painting does, but in this case a bit more would not detract from that!