Monday, January 20, 2014

why i was thinking of a lighthouse

I wrote this for NaPoWriMo 2013 and posted on my other blog, i write too. It wasn't getting many eyeballs there, so I thought I would give it a chance here.

My daughter, as an infant, inspired this poem. She is a big girl now. :)

image by dsnake1
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why i was thinking of a lighthouse

because one night i woke up wanting to feed you
but baby, your face, like a moon in the cradle
your skin glowed like stardust in the moonlight
your breathing was the song of the stars
a faint scent of talc as the stand fan oscillated
i was holding a bottle of milk not wanting to wake you
just sitting on the cold tiles, looking at you
thinking you are the beacon in our lives, our lighthouse
your eyes were closed, there was a faint smile
your lips moved slighly, and i said i love you too
but baby, you do not yet know about the ways of this world
and it is better to keep it this way.


"but I can show you
enough to love
to break your heart

-- Diane di Prima, Song for Baby-O, Unborn

Shared on Poetry Pantry #185 at Poets United.

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2014

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Blogger Brian Miller said...

keep it that way as long as you can, you know...watching them lay there they are the beacon of innocence...

20 January, 2014 00:46  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

Beautifully put.

20 January, 2014 01:06  
Anonymous Kenia Cris said...

a sweet well pace piece of writing. I have no children but I do think parenthood is a blessing.

Take care and keep smiling.


20 January, 2014 01:15  
Blogger ZQ said...

Sweet! Well captured. Add my eyballs to your count...+2
I re-discovered being when my children, from birth, became the teachers and I the challenging student :-)

20 January, 2014 02:06  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

I remember this beautiful poem. It is so tender and I can see the baby and her smile......"your face like a moon in the cradle." Wonderful!

20 January, 2014 02:07  
Blogger Mary said...

Yes, sometimes it is not a bad thing to protect one from the 'way of the world' as long as one can!

20 January, 2014 03:19  
Blogger brudberg said...

Beautiful... a sleeping baby.. you just want to protect them .. a parents love.

20 January, 2014 04:07  
Blogger Natašek said...

beautiful.. as a parent you really wish to save the children from all the bad things going on this world..

20 January, 2014 04:18  
Blogger madhumakhi said...

How pure, divine and beautiful the baby seems. I understand why you don't want her to know the ways of the world, lest she should lose some of that purity of her soul in fighting it. Lovely poem!

20 January, 2014 18:58  
Blogger kelvin s.m. said...

...what a lovely piece of poetry you just shared here... it touched me with great pleasure... well-inspired words that truly inspire... thanks for sharing it here... smiles...

20 January, 2014 18:59  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


it is. that's why i was reluctant to wake her up. :)


thank you!


thanks for the visit and your kind comment. :)


i can imagine that, you as the challenging student. :)


you visit my other blog too? thank you!
yes, she was really angelic when she was a baby. :)


well said! thank you. :)


yes, we do. i think it's in every parent's DNA. :)


they will learn eventually. our job is to make it softer. :)


thank you! the parent always worries about that. :)


great to see you again. :)

20 January, 2014 23:00  
Blogger Sumana Roy said...

aww..this is beautiful..triggering
fond memories..

21 January, 2014 00:19  
Blogger Pealogic said...

Killer that one. The smell of talc, oh yes. Thanks for the memory

21 January, 2014 01:53  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you! :)


'killer'? thank you! the talc, she must have the talc. :)

21 January, 2014 23:50  
Blogger ashok said...

a short sweet piece Che

22 January, 2014 12:57  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Ashok, it's always great to see you around. :)

22 January, 2014 22:50  
Blogger Aditi said...

Aww so sweet...I could picture your beautiful princess!

24 January, 2014 13:01  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

ah, princess indeed! :)

thank you, Aditi!

24 January, 2014 23:38  

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