In peaceful sleep.

With patient love he watched her as she slept

She who had held him close to breast as child

Deep within his chest his aching heart wept.

Whilst she appeared contented in her dreams and smiled

As though her fears and troubles were finally reconciled

For soon the relentless punishing pain would be gone

Yet in his memory-this moment of love would linger on.


©Alison Jean Hankinson

This is for d’Verse where we were asked to write in Chaucerian stanza. First time I have done this.

The final slumber….

I am not sure I got the meter right.

The image is my Grandmother and her eldest son Frank.

Author: alisonhankinson

Walking tall whenever I can.

20 thoughts on “In peaceful sleep.”

  1. No mind to the meter, at least in my mind. This is a beautiful poem. The sweetness of the child watching the parent sleep — the relentless pain….perhaps the child having witnessed the parent suffer through an illness? The aching for the suffering one and the gentleness of sleep on her face…soon to be sleep of death? Much left unaswered in this beautiful post. I want another stanza that tells me…. and isn’t that the mark of a good writer, leaving us wanting more? Well done.

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