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FROM READERS: Columbia teen shares a poem called "the Name That Took Us On"

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | 3:21 p.m. CST

This poem was written by Sarah Bias, a junior at Hickman High School and student in Nancy White's creative writing class.

“Sleep,”
Whispered the angel.
“Sleep,
Child.
Breathe in the
Florescent light.
You’re here.
Breathe,
My precious child.
You’re finally home.”

I lie awake
Counting,
“1, 2,
3,
4.
Count the drums.
Stay awake.”

The angel lifts my hand
Over the fingertips
Of my mother.
Somewhere in the wind
The still, small voice reminded me,
“Praise God,
Because it’s all done.
I’ll take you on
To a land far off.
Don’t be afraid,
My precious son.
Close your eyes.
Kiss the day.
You’re one last teardrop away.”

The angel parted my soul
From hospital sheets
And my father’s old, broken laugh.
We took to the sky,
Just as we had once in my mind.
I strung my kiss on a charm bracelet.
So that you’d never forget
What it meant
To be free
And took your tears with me.

Eternity
Spoke to me,
“Welcome, now
And sing.
All your glorious
Dreams.
Be now the sailor
Of all wonderful seas.”

Sleep, take me.
Dreamer be you.
Dreamer be me.

This poem is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.


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