Back and Forth

Back and forth
She rocks
As she sobs
Alone in the dark
But for a multicolored Tiffany lamp set on low.

She rocks
Back and forth
Whether for herself or in an attempt to sooth
The un present child.

Back and forth
Her weight and momentum
Move her on the undulated wood
That never completely rests
Upon the floor.

She sobs for him
She sobs for herself
She sobs.

Though young, too young
Age requiring but one digit
He knows enough
To not intrude upon her pain.

He gets back in bed and tries to sleep
As he hears from down the hall
Rocking creaks
Back and forth
And still sobs.

Author: Brandon Fischer

University of Texas graduate and beer lover.

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