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VxPoem ID: 27159


Posted: February 27th. 2007 2:30:43 AM

Views: 1674

Snooze Alarm

by Lady Raokhsha

Age Group: Adult

She cradles Her priestess in a bed of downy softness,
Soothing her with breaths of gentle breezes;
Rocking her, gently, asleep in the trusted darkness of the night --
Seeming unending darkness, welcomed respite...

Then she gently rocks the cradle,
"Awaken, my child, my daughter.
"Awaken to my words, awaken and see."
But in your deep sleep you hear only Her lullaby.

Once-gentle rains now swirl wildly,
Spattering droplets against your swaddling linen.
The sea's magnificent tides loom high above your pillow.

Again She rocks the cradle,
"Awaken, my child, my daughter, my own."
But you sleep on, transforming the alarming chorus into dream images...

Fires rage relentlessly in the forest,
Lightning flashes and enflames the night .
Rockets of lava careen down the hillsides, racing toward you.
Sleeping, sleeping still. It is all a dream...

She urgently rocks the cradle,
"Awaken, my child, my daughter."
Yet Her warning still remains but an intrusive dream.

The waves rage high above you, far above your sleeping world.
And, too, the lava rises, slipping silently past your pillow.
Flames ride the waves that race toward shore,
twisting and mixing with the brimstone.

She upends the cradle,
"Awaken, my child, my daughter."
But you pull the comforting blanket over your mouth, your ears, your eyes,
Hiding from all intrusions upon Her lullaby.

Your blanket turns to water, the water turns to flame,
And Her voice entreats you... one last time,

Author's Notes: I wrote this poem last October 2006, prior to hearing Melissa Ethridge's Academy Award-winning lyrics. I have long ago ceased thinking of such occurences as coincidences. I refer you also to my COVR People's Choice Award-winning novel, The Song of an Emerald Dove. We are trying to "gather the ladies."

And now, years later, the 9.0 quake in Japan brings this poem to life once more....

Author's Location: Pikesville, Maryland
More Poems: Lady Raokhsha has posted 4 additional poems- View them?
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