Before earth uncovers sun,
I hear small feet and giggles,
the clutch of kids waking,
crowing for morning’s warmth.
Before day moves night aside,
I hear husband’s solid breathing,
the laborer still resting,
soaking up time’s ease.
Before life lights up,
I hear myself move toward standing,
the tenderer, brewing and baking,
filling little bellies, big hearts.
After earth covers sun,
after night moves day aside,
after life dims to dusk,
we remain each other’s orbit, the gravity of love.
Beautiful! I love the ending and how “life dims to dusk” and we are love’s gravity! The rhythm of the day and night is nice and the way it is expressed “earth uncovers sun..day moves night aside…” is refreshing. The details of the duties and nurturing are lovely. I love “filling little bellies, big hearts.” The stanza division is structured well. This is such a wonderful poem Amy!! Good work and so glad to see your post come up. This is such a nesting piece and gives comfort. May you continue to be blessed with your family…love and light to you….
Thank you, Cynthia! This piece does have a nest-like quality, now that you mention it. I’m thankful when I’m blessed with that comforting “nesting” feeling in the home. I have to hold it close!