WHEN DARKNESS COVERS THE MOUNTAIN
We must sleep as a sun slips behind
our mountains to the north -
as if time is light and dark.
We must hope for dreams at night -
dreams which pull me up and over our
mountain, into another space and time.
Here the sky is blue - although below
a black sky hovers over land - drenched
by a blast of showers; four inches Mama
Mama, she doesn't know I am - in a new world
where I can play in light - leaving darkness
of my past - she, doesn't know...
Against the color blue MaMa would be smiling
but, not every day - she would feel yellow
here with sunshine below her -
Because it is here where I need nothing
but my soul to lead me - my lost friends to
smile and show me, teach me what MaMa lost
in time forgot to do.
Here I can protect - be kind, and recall only
what brought happiness - what brought me
closer to those I had seen in darkness.
Our mountains in daylight - I return to wet
fields behind our home to see a sun begin
to rise to my east between two mountains.
Now the rain is gone - people mill around to
begin a new day and I am happy - I smile
to feel their love - no matter what I knew -
And, tonight when I slip away from darkness -
I will grow stronger soaking up the colors
to carry in my heart - back home.
Nancy Duci Denofio
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