Hushhhhh . . .

. . . shadow me to sleep.
Hush headlines, past regrets,
and lists of tasks undone.
Toss full moon behind gathering clouds.
Snuff stars until dust drips silently
crusting my eyes.
Sink me into primordial seas,
ombréd in shades of grey
that I might rest in peace.

Written for Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today Sarah asks us to include the word “sleep” in our poem of exactly 44 words, sans title.

Photos taken last night from our deck here in Provincetown, as the moon was rising. That’s my husband’s hand. Unfortunately, it did indeed totally cloud over and we never saw the eclipse or infamous blood moon….but this was an amazing sight as well.

24 thoughts on “Hushhhhh . . .

  1. sarahsouthwest May 16, 2022 / 3:04 pm

    I love the dreaminess – and I love the photo! Your husband tossing the moon in the air! it’s wonderful. But my favourite bit is this:

    Hush headlines, past regrets,
    and lists of tasks undone.

    If we could do that on demand – wouldn’t life be great? Sigh.


  2. Gillena Cox May 16, 2022 / 4:02 pm

    Nice one.

    luv the use of the word “ombred”



  3. merrildsmith May 16, 2022 / 4:13 pm

    I love this, Lillian–poem and those amazing photos! I like ombréd, too.


  4. paeansunplugged May 16, 2022 / 4:19 pm

    “Sink me into primordial seas,
    ombréd in shades of grey”
    Beautiful lines and those photos are amazing!


  5. a.h. starlingsson May 16, 2022 / 4:29 pm

    This poem slides, gently, down a long, steady slope….very expressive….subtly


  6. msjadeli May 16, 2022 / 4:38 pm

    Leaving it all behind as we drift to dreamland is where true rest in peace is, as you’ve captured so well in your poem, Lillian. Cool pics. I’d rather see the moon than the eclipse any night.


  7. writingwhatnots May 16, 2022 / 4:58 pm

    Love this wonderful invocation of sleep – and fabulous photos too!


  8. K.Hartless May 16, 2022 / 5:21 pm

    I like the slow descent into sleep you describe. The “ombre” effect is quite lovely.

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  9. marialberg May 16, 2022 / 6:14 pm

    I like the idea that one can hush headlines and lists away.


  10. Rob Kistner May 16, 2022 / 6:18 pm

    Great wordsmithing! Wonderful Lil — though I might prefer “rest peacefully”… though that would screw up your word count. “Rest in peace” makes me nervous these days… 🫤


  11. lynn__ May 16, 2022 / 6:21 pm

    Love these lines especially, Lillian: “Sink me into primordial seas, ombréd in shades of grey” 🙂


  12. lillian May 16, 2022 / 8:04 pm

    Thinking of you and wishing you well, my friend! 🙂


  13. Stacy MS May 16, 2022 / 10:13 pm

    wow..this is absolutely beautiful…complete peace before the slumber!


  14. Ingrid May 17, 2022 / 3:13 am

    A beautiful alliterative lullaby, Lillian: and I just love the photos – what a moon!


  15. ben Alexander May 18, 2022 / 2:36 am

    These lines are brilliant and beautiful, Lillian. I especially liked:

    until dust drips silently
    crusting my eyes.


  16. lblooom May 24, 2022 / 12:08 pm

    I love both the poem and the photos. Your writing feels almost musical!


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