I heard him sigh

I heard him sigh as he slipped into sleep
a velvet sound so pleasing to my ears
so sweet, the shortest lullaby on earth
the humming house its sole accompaniment.

I heard him sigh as he slipped into sleep
all worries shed within that single note
no thrashing, tears, or tumult on this night
he soothed himself and slumbers in the dark.

I heard him sigh as he slipped into sleep
no rush for me to usher him to dreams
though there’s no call to comfort, calm, or squeeze
I linger, spying, lurking as he rests.

I heard him sigh as he slipped into sleep
I strain to catch an encore of that tune
or hear him whimper, needful of my touch —
the lonely silence whispers: go to bed.

I heard him sigh as he slipped into sleep
beneath a blanket, sprawled loose-limbed, content
his visage so serene — I must resist
caresses that are solace just for me.

I heard him sigh as he slipped into sleep –
a wordless lullaby he sang for me.
Sometimes the mother sings her child to sleep
sometimes it is the child who sings instead.

12 thoughts on “I heard him sigh

  1. I also loved the repetition element, like a song. Soothing, but still with a nice tug of tension, with the “no” phrases and words like “resist,” “thrashing,” “lonely,” “spying.”

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    1. I made an effort to include “l” and “s” sounds into this poem. I don’t know if I’ve ever paid quite so much attention to that until I starting to listen to more recorded poetry. Thanks for mentioning those words and phrases.

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