|A Winter Night at Grandma’s (standard:poetry, 268 words)|
|Author: rmarston||Added: Feb 19 2010||Views/Reads: 1871/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|This winter night is full of sound: Cold gusts of wind that shriek around And through the open window til Two blankets don't keep out the chill; A restless creaking of the floor; The sudden banging of a door, That interrupts a muffled snore. Othe|
This winter night is full of sound: Cold gusts of wind that shriek around And through the open window til Two blankets don't keep out the chill; A restless creaking of the floor; The sudden banging of a door, That interrupts a muffled snore. Other sounds arise and fade: The snapping of a wind-whipped shade Up against the window pane To flap and flutter free again; Occasionally several distant Neighbor dogs exchange insistent Barks that echo hill to hill, Then reluctantly grow still. But stronger echoes soon begin - Adding to the chill within - Of ghostly voices, hoots and mutters, Somewhere just outside the shutters. Then at last the owlish riot Ends, and all is peace and quiet. And yet there is another sound, Closer now than bird or hound, But unlike that of hound or bird, Needing silence to be heard, A measured sound, hypnotic in it's Steady pacing through the minutes, Ticking off, like counted sheep, The seconds leading into sleep, Tiny sounds that seem to make It difficult to stay awake.... The howling of the wind has died. Now I can hear the brook beside The road as it goes rippling by... A perfect winter lullaby. The movement of the water, swift And pleasant, sets the mind adrift To follow where the currents go. At length, within the steady flow The sound of many voices, low And whispery seem to appear Like conversation to the ear. But not a word is clear to me, Nor is there anyone to see... Sounds like voices...close at hand... That I can...almost... understand... If I weren't...,,so sleepy..... And.............. Tweet
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