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By Su Shafer
We spend almost every night together.
I’m not away from home often
But when I am, I ache
And I don’t sleep well.
I am uncomfortable with
The hardness of strangers
The impersonal coarseness
Or aloof purist sterility.
There is never the welcoming
I get at home.
The soft embrace,
At home there is no judgment
Or pressure that I am not doing enough,
No criticism that I am not enough
My bed cradles me like a mother.
I am held in a cocoon of love
I never want to leave.
I close my eyes and my bed hums
A silent lullaby
Sleep dear one
Your work will wait
Dream of wings
And drinking flowers
Wake up the butterfly
That you are.
Su Shafer is a creative crafter, fabricating bits of writing in poetry and short stories, and other bits into characters that appear in paintings or sit on various bookshelves and coffee tables.
She lives in a cottage on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, where the tea kettle is always whistling and the biscuits freshly baked. One never knows who might stop by to share a rainy afternoon. And all are welcome.
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