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Meditation: Child Sleeping

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If you lie there
after the boy has fallen asleep
and listen to the hiss
of the radiator
and the blizzard
slowly slashing
against the window
if you lie there
your hands
your arms
empty of children
teeth clenched from a day
of nursing
picking up toys
making oatmeal
cleaning up oatmeal
brushing teeth
wiping butts
holding hands
letting go
if you lie there
long enough
and breathe
just breathe
you will hear
the long
deep
slow
guttural
sigh
of the boy
falling deeper
into dearest
darkest
sweetest
succulent
tangled
broken
ancient
sleep

 

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