Just over a month ago our friend Gavin and his wife Liz had a baby boy.
Gavin posted about it, saying that he'd "spent hours out of last night rocking Reuben", and that it sounded like a song title.
And it's been rolling around in my head ever since.
I emailed a copy of the song-without-melody to Gavin this morning, and warned that I'd be posting it, despite the ongoing dispute Randall and I are having about the number of rhyming lines... (he thinks there should be four)
It brings me back to those wonderful first nights with my babies; when we were a world unto ourselves.
A gift to Gavin and Liz, but also to me.
* * * * *
The wind in the treetops is whispering by
And diamond-like stars in the inky-black sky
Dance lightly and brightly to heaven while I'm
An island of lamplight surrounded by dark
The mantle clock ticks, keeping time with my heart
And everything else fades away when I start
My heart in my hands has gone gently to sleep
Marooned in this darkness where histories meet
I murmur his future and past while I keep
Now humming a blessing, a soft lullaby
His baby breath blows on my neck with a sigh
And I'll stay, while moon, stars and darkness pass by,
* * * * *
Happy birth day, Reuben North Jensen.
October 31, 2009.