Shadow Lullaby – Candida Baker and Marie Craven (English)

Shadow Lullaby

In the forest
I walk through wild garlic
I see green and golden shadows
As frogs jump here and there
Sometimes I lie down
Rest my cheek on the damp ground
And listen to the earth’s heartbeat

In the colour of crushed leaves
A sudden glimpse of urban concrete

In the children’s deepest sleep
Their teeth shiver with nightmares
Tiny shudders echoing collisions
Of bricks and mortar and blood

My days are filled
With colourless daydreams
Of dark symmetry

They used to walk
Day and night I see them
I mourn their loss
The disappearance of a generation
As simple and complete
As the sudden vanishing of frogs
Into the watery shadows

Candida Baker