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Morning Respite

Scene from a marriage

By Judey Kalchik Published 2 months ago 1 min read
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Last night was difficult :

where-is-sleep/ where-is-rest?

Frequent waking, stumbling through the house.

Just one more sip of water and I can sleep=wishful thinking.

Shaky and fretful I sat at the table and tearfully told him that I am not unhappy just sad and overwhelmed.

These are the dreams I had-

These are the people that came to visit me in my sleep-

These are the questions that wake me shaking and trembling-

These are the thoughts I cannot shake.

A kiss,

A nod,

A cup of coffee,

A slice of toast and egg scramble.


He knows me.

He is not surprised.

He loves me.

And as the sun peeked out and I heard tweets and warbles from birds at the feeder,

I thought of a prayer learned long ago.

I offered it as my blessing before eating.

(Let me come to You as a child today, Lord, carrying the things too heavy to bear along with my gratitude for all that you have given us)

‘Thank you for the world so sweet-

Thank you for the food we eat.

Thank you for the birds that sing.

Thank you, God, for everything’

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About the Creator

Judey Kalchik

It's my time to find and use my voice.

Poetry, short stories, memories, and a lot of things I think and wish I'd known a long time ago.

You can also find me on Medium

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  • JBaz2 months ago

    You wrought out emotions in me I thought hidden. What a beautifully written poem that holds hope when we feel there is none.

  • The Dani Writer2 months ago

    I got this, and I'm so glad you wrote it. Poems like this are the warm lights at night, silently beaming a message of "Me too."

  • Donna Fox (HKB)2 months ago

    This is so beautiful, relatable and heartwarming in the sense that I'm happy to not be alone!! Great work Judey!!

  • Shirley Belk2 months ago

    Judey, I needed to hear this....just having my morning cup of tea and it was the first thing I read. Lovely

  • There is always, always something to be grateful for. Loved your poem!

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