Until Dawn

Last night I slept sound.

The night before not so much

as I woke at midnight sweating

over mammom. Jesus said I cannot

serve God and It, yet I confess

some days this feels tricky.

But last night’s sleep was deep

with the exception of one

trip to the pot to pee in, a

walk that afforded me the chance

to eye the nearly full moon

mooning the new fallen snow.

The old woman named Nylotis

once told me “Never miss the

chance to show your babies the moon.”

Nylotis is long dead now and my

babies are tall grown so it is just

me and the moon both of us

almost full-bladdered rising in the

black night to do our business.

The moon kept working but I

walked back to bed to dream

poor poet’s dreams until dawn.


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  1. Susan Awes on October 11, 2019 at 7:46 am

    I too woke to see the moon, not so easy from our condo window – but laying a path on Mel’s side of the bed, I had to get up and look and it made me remarkably happy as it always does. God knew. I love Nylotis’s advice.

  2. Jeannie Prinsen on October 11, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    I love both the humour and the beauty here. And speaking of dreams: I am not kidding when I say I had a dream about you not long ago. In the dream you dropped by unexpectedly, and I was frying some potatoes for another friend whom I *was* expecting, so I gave you those. I also had some pieces of ham, so I added them to the frying pan because I thought you would appreciate some meat. You seemed to like it; you were still eating when I woke up! Isn’t it strange where our dreams take us?

    • John Blase on October 12, 2019 at 6:24 am

      Hi, Jeannie. That’s an amazing dream – and yes, I love meat and potatoes:)

  3. Charlotte Hemphill on October 11, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    John David, I loved this. I, too, love looking at the moon. I saw it in all its glory last night. I even call my friends and tell them they need to go outside and look at the moon. God is good!

    May God continue to bless you! Love, Cissy

    • Christopher Haggerty on October 13, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      Love this John, I could hear the floors creak.

  4. Ruth A. Jacobs on October 14, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Love this.

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