Friday, August 30, 2013

The Help

4/30 The Help

April 7, 2013 at 10:00pm
When I can't sleep,
when the worry is too great
to let me rest, I go to the place
where I could as a child
in the arms of my siblings' nanny.
Her name was Miss Juanita.
Brother called her Mi' Nini.
After he was down for his nap
she would let me crawl into her lap
and rock me, humming songs I did not know
and let me stick my thumb in my mouth
and let me fall asleep against her great bosom,
rubbing my back with her brown hand.
And I could relax,
feel safe
and sleep.

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