Day 72 | Anye Woods

Beep, beep, beep 

Beep, beep 

A swarm of red light 

Illuminates the room 

And worry-stricken faces. 

A mother, 

Feigning a smile to the nurse

For now. 

Yet I see furrowed brows and a blank  

Stare reflected in the window. 

Worries kept at bay 

For now.  

Until another  

Beep, beep, beep 

Beep, beep.

A daughter,  

in a deep slumber

Commanded by Dilauded and Versed. 

Her father said, 

I don’t want her to be  

A learning experience, I don’t want –  

Beep, beep, beep 

Beep, beep 

The nuisance that lassos

His weighted words.

A mother,  

Unable to hold her daughter’s

Hand so a kiss upon her forehead

Must suffice

For now. 

Another sleepless night for 

A father 

Under a swarm of red light and countless  

Beep, beep, beep 

Beep, beeps.

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