the way of all flesh 22

          roy herndon smith

          O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!--Lewis Carroll

in the end, the child
murmuring, “callooh, callay,”
drifts into stillness

leaving us drowsy
in the dusk, words settling back 
into breaths and moods

new yens and old yarns
aches, anguish, comfort, and joy
dissolving into

the body before
thoughts and dreams and distances
between child and us

somewhere, someone sings
“are you sleeping?” we reply
“we are not, we are”