When You Can’t Sleep
As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you,” – Isaiah 66:13

When you can’t sleep
you scream for me
until I hold you
next to my breast
arm under your neck
while I sing, you’re
close enough to feel me breathe
close enough to look up at me
between
increasingly long blinks,
checking if our eyes
still meet.

I won’t leave you
even when I lay you down
Your cries alarm my
compassion, and how
can I forsake
my own child?