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.