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Fave-O-Lit Friday

 

For a Sleepless Child

by Peter Schmitt

If your room is ever too dark,
small one, look out through your window
up at the moon, that little bulb
left on for you in the sky’s black wall.
It will still be there come morning,
burning in a bright room of blue.

And if your room, restless one,
is much too still, listen to the clatter
of the freight, rattling past trestles
on the cool night breeze. Then follow
the moon to the side of the tracks,
where the train is a long, slow dream

you can jump on. An open car
is waiting for you—one step up—
you’re on! Now watch the dark towns, the lights
deep in the porches, and lie down
in the soft straw, and sleep till morning,
when the train chugs into station,

noisy with birds and wires overhead.

One thought on “Fave-O-Lit Friday

  1. lovely, of course. will i ever leave my fave-o-lit visit underwhelmed? i think not. always a perfect bite to chew on until the next one.

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