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Tess sleeps on the couch,
Her body, as her life, gently curled,
Framing, sanctifying
With the love of a mother,
The Center,
The spot that the child,
Her child,
Our child,
Must take.

Now I kneel,
Ungentle, but with my heart,
Beside them,
And see how well she shields my life,
There in the necessary casualness of sleep.

Then, realizing
Unless the life of which we are all a part demands it,
I am merely husk, and not required just now.
Yet vigil is duty, Love.
Sleep, and I will watch.

Paul Godfrey

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The following comments are for "Duty"
by SamPark

your comment
You pointed out an aspect of the poem I hadn't noticed. There is a larger circle around the two of them. Harder for me to see because I am within it. Thanks. Paul.

( Posted by: SamPark [Member] On: January 23, 2005 )


You're write-off entry has sent me reading some of your other poems. I like this one especially. It's very real. I like poetry that has some meat to it. That said, this one was a double quarter pounder with cheese.

If you get a chance read my old poem on the site called "My Sweet Wife" you might like it.



( Posted by: Jeff [Member] On: January 25, 2005 )

sweet one
I did enjoy the poem, Jeff, I can tell the subject was close to mine. My wife is somewhat younger than I, and she does a wonderful job of refusing to let me grow old. For my part, I never suspected that one could live past thirty, so I find it hard to complain two decades later about much of anything. See you in the stacks. Thanks, Paul

( Posted by: SamPark [Member] On: January 26, 2005 )

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