• Estelle Ablett

A Dawn Duet

"Limnal" by Estelle Ablett


Lying awake in the dark bedroom,

A pre-dawn tempering of the utter blackness

Turning the curtains to a dull amber.

It is quiet now as a deeper sleep

Has soothed the rattling breath of my love.

Perhaps I can sleep soon too

And suddenly, an urgent calling at the window

The bright sounds of a blackbird greeting the day

Every ounce of his being gathered in this joyous voice.

A precious time, just a woman resting and a bird waking,

He sings alone, and my words begin to form in echoing cadences.

Hoping to remember these lines, I begin to fall asleep.


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