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Nighty Night Granny

Sleep sweet child for the laughter of the leaves has withered on the trees and the wind blows cold as dusk calls with shallow, whispered breath and nighttime masks the waiting dawn. Let not a lone tear, drip from your tender eyes, as you look upon me lying here. I have seen so many things in my long life, I have lived my dreams and sang my songs. I have danced and laughed, and kissed and loved. Though I shiver through sweating brow, my bed is warm, the aches and pain, a mere moment's distraction. I'm sure they will be but a memory soon. Is that fear I see in you, as I look beyond the glass? Cry not for me my beautiful one. In a few days your mom will take you home, yet, your smile will linger within me. All the better if you can't come close, but please, do not fear the mask I reluctantly wear. It provides me with a breath of fresh air as my chest grows weary from this cruel malady. How I wish I could hold you and whisper I love you, but that is far beyond us now, only gentle memories that linger in my mind as I see the worry on your mother's face. Don't be concerned, she will be there for you as was I for her and, someday, you will be to calm the confusion in your little ones' tears, I would have liked to see that day. But, alas, I do not believe this mask upon my face will see me through another sunrise. I have fought so hard but grown so very tired. Let me sleep now, perhaps, I will see your smile in the morning. 03/15/2020

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Date: 6/25/2020 3:57:00 PM
Oh dear.. What a lovely piece you have here. Your craft is definitely seasoned with lots of creativity. Great poem.
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James Inman
Date: 6/25/2020 4:28:00 PM
Thank you for your kind words, Funom.
Date: 5/18/2020 10:50:00 PM
Back again James to congratulate you on a superb win. Your talent reflects this outcome, again congratulations!
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James Inman
Date: 5/19/2020 12:28:00 AM
Thank you again Michael.
Date: 5/14/2020 7:24:00 AM
Beautiful opening and a beautiful poem. Keep up the good work Mr. James
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James Inman
Date: 5/14/2020 7:32:00 AM
Nice of you to visit, Abdulmalik. Thank you for your kind comment.
Date: 5/12/2020 5:47:00 PM
Hello James Innman as I read this poem I found it to be sad. Enjoy your evening my friend.
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 5/13/2020 12:42:00 PM
Hello James whether we like it or not we must wear the mask. Grocery stores will not let anyone in unless they wear a mask. have to make our own masks. Have a nice day my friend.
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James Inman
Date: 5/12/2020 6:26:00 PM
Hi Darlene, yes it is sad. Thank you for your visit.
Date: 5/12/2020 4:33:00 PM
I am so glad this made the list. I remember loving it so much when I first read it. BIG congrats on a most well deserved win.
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James Inman
Date: 5/12/2020 5:09:00 PM
Thank you, Andrea, it seems I still come up with something worth reading on occasion.
Date: 5/12/2020 2:50:00 PM
James: You have painted a picture for us of a scene that is being played out at thousands of windows world wide. You've done well here. Keep them coming. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us on the soup. oldbuck
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James Inman
Date: 5/12/2020 5:03:00 PM
Thank you, OB. This scene has become far to common as of late. I appreciate your nice comment.
Date: 5/12/2020 2:14:00 PM
such a touching poem James i had a huge lump in my throat reading your poem, of the winners I think this is one of my personal favourites:-( congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx
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James Inman
Date: 5/12/2020 5:01:00 PM
Hi Jan, it is so nice to hear from you. Thank you for your kind words. I haven't been motivated to write lately, it's nice to think that I may still have something to say.
Date: 5/12/2020 1:02:00 PM
Well done James-- another poem I would have placed far higher on the list of winners....
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James Inman
Date: 5/12/2020 1:28:00 PM
Hi, thanks for the vote of confidence.
Date: 5/12/2020 9:35:00 AM
This poem touched my heart. Beautiful. I can relate being a grandmother.
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James Inman
Date: 5/12/2020 11:27:00 AM
Thank you for the nice comment Shirley.
Date: 5/12/2020 9:32:00 AM
Congratulations on your win on Team Soup contest. Hugs Eve
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James Inman
Date: 5/12/2020 11:26:00 AM
Thank you Eve.
Date: 4/22/2020 3:01:00 PM
A poignant write, James--your verses saddened every stanza wishing the reader could reach out. A powerful pen you have.
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James Inman
Date: 4/22/2020 3:37:00 PM
Thank you for your kind words Vijay.
Date: 4/22/2020 1:40:00 AM
You enter this dying woman. Your perception of her in the first paragraph cleverly and skillfully sets the theme using a phrase to sum up her demise. The first paragraph is creativity at its highest level. It sets the story line of a dying person who has experienced life and captures her sad reality in the morning. You have captured a reminiscent life of giving up do to a deadly decease. James your writing skills and descriptive talent, never stops amazing me. Hope you are well my friend.
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James Inman
Date: 4/22/2020 7:59:00 AM
Wow, what a wonderful description Michael. Thank you. I am well if a bit stir crazy. I am still officially working but I am an outside contractor which means I only get paid if I work and this week there has been nothing so I spent quite a lot of time looking at poetry.
Date: 4/6/2020 8:34:00 AM
Sad and beautiful.. such an amazing talent you have!... I hope you can continue to be an inspiration here:)... I take care of horses for a living so I am not really in quarantine but staying safe just the same...crazy times... be well my friend :)
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James Inman
Date: 4/6/2020 1:20:00 PM
Nice to hear from you Chris. I am well, still working occasionally. Good to know your OK. Thank you for the sweet comment.
Date: 4/5/2020 6:20:00 PM
James, you write such beautiful poetry, wish you would write more and I want to thank you so much for all the comments on my poetry these last few days, I appreciate it so much _Constance
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James Inman
Date: 4/5/2020 6:26:00 PM
I wish I could read more, thank you. Stay safe.
Date: 4/2/2020 5:49:00 PM
oh my goodness, what a sad and poignant write this is. I see the title says Granny, so I can be pretty sure it's fictional and not about YOU, my friend. Please not about you!! Are you submitting this one in the big Soup contest?So far, it's among my four favorites I have seen done on the virus. Excellent work!
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James Inman
Date: 4/2/2020 7:08:00 PM
Hi Andrea, I hope you're well. I loved yours. No this is fictional and yes I entered it in the contest but I don't think it is actually what they are looking for. Yes, the Governor tightened the belt again yesterday. I hope it doesn't last long or we may start seeing some major social unrest. We'll see. Wear the mask and be safe. Thanks for the visit.
Date: 4/2/2020 5:46:00 PM
first wanted to thank you for visiting so many of my older poems, Ralph. That was so nice of you. how are things in your neck of the woods? I hear more tightening up than ever? Wish they would give out masks to EVERYbody around here in utah. I hate being the only one looking goofy in the grocery store with my mask on.
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Date: 3/17/2020 11:02:00 PM
I'm first! AND from the first stanza I was mesmerized with truly 'professional' (if you will) poetic lines of imagery as do ignite an adrenaline rush in all who love poetry thrills. The first, second and others were outstanding in my view while others were merely wonderful thus suspending all lines high above average. That's my rattling, appreciative and admiring reaction to your poem just as it came to me, how's that? Poetry hugs ... CayCay
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James Inman
Date: 3/17/2020 11:07:00 PM
Talk about poetic!! CayCay, what a poetic comment. Thank you for the kindness.