Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hush A Bye

Our instructions for Poetry Jam this week were to write a poem inspired by or using a line from a song. My song was "Hush A Bye," a traditional lullaby which was heard at our home sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary. My parents often sung it to me as a good night song, with my father strumming his acoustic guitar. You can hear the song here:

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Hush a bye
Don't you cry
My daddy sang to me
The guitar he strummed
As mama hummed
My childhood melody

When I would weep
Or fight with sleep
They'd sing hush a bye
Was like a drug
A soft, warm hug
A deep, musical sigh

Now you have me
And I sing off key
And I can't play a note
But I hope I'm not wrong
That you find love in my song
 And in all the words that I wrote

When you are grown
And on your own
Will you think of me?
And will you hear
My song in your ear
Wherever you may be?

Hush a bye
Don't you cry
You are mama's star
I'll wrap you in love
As snug as a glove
No matter where you are.


Micael "Rabbit" Chadwick said...

All the pretty little horses!

Oh, love, this is so perfect.

Kim Nelson said...

Absolutely precious!

Brian Miller said...

smiles. a tender write...and i doubt they ever get so big they dont need a mama...

Fireblossom said...

That is absolutely sweet. Of course they'll think of you.

Karen said...

I wish I had written this. I love it that much!

Helen said...

Mouse, this is incredibly beautiful ... and oh so sweet.