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.