I cannot sleep for it is night,
It is as dark as dark can be
If I could have the smallest light,
My mother’s face then I could see
Her gentle hand that strokes my head,
The lullaby she hums
I lie and listen on my bed,
But sleep just never comes
Oh, how I hate the silence that,
Just echoes through and echoes back
Oh, how I fear the screeching bat,
That rushes past on wings of black
Why oh why, does night conceal?
The sunny sights of day
I do not speak of fears I feel,
But I wish them away
Among the shadows of the night,
A thousand thoughts run through my mind
Somehow, I cannot sleep tonight,
I search for things I cannot find
My mother smiles and says to me,
Why do you wake oh little one?
What is it that you wait to see?
Is it the morning sun?
But now the sun has gone to sleep,
And in the morning it will shine
So hold my hand and take a peep,
Oh, little child of mine!
Now see the moon up in the sky,
Our garden path is full of light
And see the pretty moths that fly,
In colors brilliant bright!
The stars that twinkle up above,
Are smiling down at you
Ah, see the fairies that you love,
And all the things they do
It is a lovely night indeed,
As calm as it may seem
And the quiet that you need,
To dream a joyful dream
The night is black oh, yes it is!
Just like a pretty damsel’s hair
And what feels like an angel’s kiss?
Is the caress of the midnight air
And so I sleep with none to fear,
And all my dreams are blessed
Now that the lovely night is here,
Till morning I can rest
Rrashima Swaarup Verma is a Senior Director – Business Development with Strategic Analysis which is a leading business research and strategic consulting group headquartered out of the United States. Rrashima is also a fiction writer and poet and several of my compositions have been published in leading newspapers, magazines and literary journals.
Broken Wings (A Tribute to Nirbhaya) | Rrashima Swaarup Verma | This poem is a tribute to Nirbhaya, the brave young girl who lost her life in the brutal attack of December 16th, 2012 as well as all the other women who are victims of crime and abuse in our country.