the rhythm of our love

A dark pine rocking chair.

back and forth…back and forth…

a wedding gift 38 years ago.

back and forth…back and forth…

you, swaddled anger.  screaming.

back and forth…back and forth…

tears rolling down my cheeks as I whisper “shh shh shh…”

back and forth…back and forth…

singing softly, “you are my sunshine…”

back and forth…back and forth…

helpless to soothe you.

back and forth…back and forth…

you grow and change.

back and forth…back and forth…

your chubby legs fold on themselves as you rest your head on my shoulder.

back and forth…back and forth…

you grow longer.  you wrap your legs around me to rest your head on my shoulder.

back and forth…back and forth…

You sit on my lap with your face on my chest rubbing your Lamby’s ear.

back and forth…back and forth…

We read truck books, talk about how we got groceries, sing the ABC’s.

back and forth…back and forth…

You tell me it’s dark, ask about daddy, wave at your shadow in the glow of the nightlight.

back and forth…back and forth…

It has been our way for twenty-five months without fail.

back and forth…back and forth…

And I have never regretted the decision to help you go to sleep.

This week’s prompt was to write about a rhythm in your life without using the word “rhythm”.

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