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Barbara MacKay


Lullaby and Goodnight


My mother used to put me to sleep with the winsome Brahms Lullaby
Guten abend, good night precious one she would whisper, then hum Brahms Lullaby

Once, when I was excused from school and lay sick in bed, she sat by my side
And taught me the German folk lyrics from Brahms Lullaby

My grandfather would sing to her the Irish Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, too-ra-loo-ra-li
When he was dying she would sing Too-ra-loo- to him, then verbatim Brahms Lullaby

I used to believe there was a magic ship and when it sailed into the lonely night
The crew and the creatures below would sing in unison Brahms Lullaby

These days, when sad or lonesome or just wanting sleep, I turn to remembrance
And am once again her precious one, she sits beside me and hums Brahms Lullaby

About Barbara MacKay

Barbara MacKay lives in Little River, Ca. Her work has been published in various literary journals including Thema, Bryant Literary Journal, Mariposa Haiku Journal, Woodpecker Haiku Journal, American Tanka, and most recently The Ghazal Page. She earned an MA in English Literature at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.