Friday, November 18, 2016

"The Silk Pillow" by Tricia Knoll, Frequent Contributor

The Silk Pillow
Tricia Knoll

The preacher said that at the bottom of all despair
is a soft pillow of sadness that cushions
the free-fall plunge into hurt.

Plump the pillow higher up,
near the edge of simple tiredness,
where we put our heads 
when we read to end the day.

A pillow for simple slowing down,
for good night, for the time when
no one is hungry or cold
the children are tucked in their bunks,
the family is safe.

Silk pillow
for a silver head
that carries the weight of love.


Poet's Notes: Despair is more common than most people think. When promised a soft pillow to land on, I was and possibly remain a bit skeptical. At the time I wrote this I had a lovely silk pillow to give to a friend of mine who is a grandmother. 

Editor's Note:  Tricia Knoll has decided to move on to other projects.  This will be her last feature as a Songs of Eretz Frequent Contributor.

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