Monday, April 25, 2016

Nocturnal Women

I come from nocturnal women.
Paper read and coffee on.
Beans set to soak on the counter;
a day's work done before dawn.

I got it from my mama.
My daughter, she gets it from me.
We spend hours knitting the bones of nights,
but we never flesh them with sleep.

For Susie's prompt at Real Toads

12 comments:

brudberg said...

The truth in this is so perfect.. a days work done before dawn.. women has worked double for so many years. I hope the sons of today are brought up to share the workload.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

"...knitting the bones of night....." what a fantastic line!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I admire women who get everything done before dawn.. not me.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

knitting the bones of nights... such a powerful line!!

Outlawyer said...

Ha== I am changing in this regard--but so well put here--really well done, MZ. k.

Hannah said...

Those last tow lines rock especially!

Ellecee said...

Love this, I used to be the same, but not any more :-) Well done,,

De said...

Good Lord. This is gonna be my "wish I'd written it" of the week. Quite possibly the year.

"We spend hours knitting the bones of nights,
but we never flesh them with sleep."

Heavens, Woman. That's just brilliant.

Susie Clevenger said...

"We spend hours knitting the bones of nights, but we never flesh them with sleep." Goodness, that could be me. I am with De. I wish I had written your last lines. Thank you so much for writing for the prompt!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

You have a marvelous ability to give just enough details to know the scene, but never more than is needed. A good writer is usually a great editor. Thanks, mosk

Fireblossom said...

Early birds are a special breed.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

It must be so satisfying to be like that! I have known such women, even in my own family, but I have never been one. I am nocturnal at the other end of night, sitting up late and writing....