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Sonnet to Watch Over You

for J.L.

By Omotara JamesPublished 3 years ago 1 min read
Sonnet to Watch Over You
Photo by Olga Subach on Unsplash

The summer of your first heartbreak, you say

you cannot think of a single reason

to continue. Well, you were born with the

night blooming jasmine, full of the season.

It was the longest or shortest day of

the year. Your mama was reading alone.

Your papa went to the store. Was dreaming

when you woke them. Sleeping like a stone.

It was easy beneath the willow tree.

It was gruesome, on the side of the road.

It was a miracle when they pulled you—

No, there were no papers or passports showed.

My love, you were born without restriction,

so hush. Your life is the benediction.


About the Creator

Omotara James

Omotara James is the author of “Song of My Softening,” from Alice James Books. A multidisciplinary artist, she creates as a means to preserve joy, confront the past and free herself of it.

Follow @omotarajames & inquire at omotarajames.com

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