Quiet Night… by Puma Perl

it’s quiet now that everyone’s gone home
the neighbors are sleeping.   nobody has climbed
onto a fire escape to curse the sky in drunken
rage, the disturbed man upstairs took his med
doors are unslammed.   it=E 2s peaceful in the apartment
down the hall, no police have been called
to restrain the youngest of five sons who curses
his mother when he’s drunk, she can rest tonight
and get ready to work another day.  it’s quiet
in the aftermath of too much food and loud
talk, even the cars have stopped honking, they coast
swiftly down the highway, they want to go home
their=2 0drivers are sleepy, radios turn to jazz
the wind knows we’re tired and has stopped
its nightly howl, there are no sirens tonight,
no barking dogs, it’s quiet but for the singing
of the air and the words dancing in our heads
it’s a tender dance, it moves gracefully almost
silently across the floor, in step with the softest
music of the night, babies dream to it , their
tired mothers hold them as they finally close
their eyes, they do not cry tonight, they rock
gently, as we do, listening to the quiet

6 Responses to “Quiet Night… by Puma Perl”

  1. Puma Perl is a poet and fiction writer who believes strongly in the transformative power of the creative arts. Her work has been published in cause & effect, MadSwirl, Trespass ,Red Fez, Gloom Cupboard, the Oak Bend Review, and many other print and on-line publications and anthologies. She is a featured reader in various New York City area venues. Her first chapbook, Belinda and Her Friends, was recently published by Erbacce Press.

  2. nice write puma

  3. Some people really do have a gift for the written word ( nice though ).

  4. Hi. I wanted to say I really like your junky piece at Not Your Bitch. I don’t think there was a way to leave a comment there. I hear the same voice here…sad and tired, waiting for the wind to blow some redemption around…

  5. Thanks for commenting. I have a lot of stuff on my blog at myspace if interested. myspace.com/rubymydear916

  6. crystal photiou Says:

    you paint such a vivid picture with your words

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