Monday, February 13, 2006

Morning light

this child's face
turned to me in morning light
sleepy eyes like soft stones
under water,
sun alight on the curve of cheek,
curls splashed across the pillow
as on a warm sand bank —
my heart rushes like the river

a face
turned like this,
in light refracted
through watery glass,
is a breath,
is a prayer,
is a heartbeat


Blogger robin andrea said...

I love those first four lines so much. Sleepy eyes like soft stones.
I can see her face, and feel how love wells up in you when you look at her. Beautiful

2/13/2006 10:33 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I like so much the last two lines of the first stanza with the use of "warm sandbank" and "heart rushes like a river". Lovely.

and the whole poem is beautiful ...

2/13/2006 11:33 AM  
Blogger Brenda Clews said...

You have it -that moment, the beauty, the overflow of love... beautiful.

2/13/2006 12:03 PM  
Blogger alan said...

Everything that's mentioned above, and how innocent they look when they first awake, even my two boys!


2/13/2006 12:33 PM  
Blogger Patrick M. Tracy said...


"...eyes like soft stones underwater..."

Very dreamlike and evocative.

2/13/2006 1:06 PM  
Blogger Dale said...


2/13/2006 3:18 PM  
Blogger Lhombre said...

Las Madres encienden

Los ojos de la luz
Puede ablandar piedra
Ningun nina sin
Ningun nina sola

A Mothers Light

Eyes of light
Can soften stone
No child without
No child alone

Que Linda Azulejo! Que Linda!

2/13/2006 7:03 PM  
Blogger mermaid said...

I see the stones under the water. Though their shape is slightly distorted, they are brighter with your love's water pouring over them. Beautiful analogy to sunlight.

2/13/2006 10:29 PM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

so, so beautiful- wow! to be reminded to look on my child with this kind of love is a great gift. thank you.

2/14/2006 6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what lovely imagery. you are a wordsmith indeed.

2/14/2006 8:20 AM  
Blogger rdl said...

Very nice!

2/14/2006 10:43 AM  
Blogger Frankie said...

Gorgeous. Elegant. Splendid. Perfect.

2/14/2006 1:29 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Thank you all so much for these wonderful comments. I'm pleased you saw what I did.

2/14/2006 3:44 PM  
Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

The magic of watching a child sleeping, you expressed this so well, it is such a spiritual feeling

2/19/2006 10:42 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Sue, yes, it can be breathtaking.

2/19/2006 1:59 PM  

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