The child’s tears
soak through a borrowed pillow,
but her sobs travel
past the paned window
into the blue ether of the universe.
How many other cries
slice through cumulous and cirrus
without shedding a drop of red rain?
Not the little dipper,
nor even the big
can hold these cries
that reach higher and higher,
hoping to find
the warm breast of a god
who will smile and feed them
the sweet milk of shelter.
Recently retired after teaching English for 35 years, V. JANE SCHNEELOCK currently serves as office manager and editor of Backstage for the Drama Studio in Springfield, Massachusetts. She has served as co-facilitator for the Community Group and the Pre-Release Group of Voices from Inside. She now edits the VFI website.
Her poetry has been published in Equinox, Hello,Goodbye; Peregrine; Poetic Voices Without Borders; and the online anthology
JANE lives in Springfield with her devoted Lhasa Apso, Riley.