Poems & Essays

18 Feb

Full Mind Fallen

General/Column 3 Responses

Small breath from new lungs
under night-light stars and
again my heart’s dissolved
with the slow bow of the eyes
soft curl of the fingers
oval yawn and final sigh.

Without question I know
children should fall asleep
on their own—it is a skill
they must learn. So I promise
to leave. I promise it as I linger
bedside, today’s light gone
my full mind fallen on
the little one’s peace.




Ingrid Anders is a wife, mother, and stepmother residing in Northern Virginia. Her most recent works have appeared in Odyssa Magazine, Coldnoon, and Brilliant Flash Fiction. She hosts the Short Story Reading Group for Writers and the Short Fiction Writing Workshop at the Washington DC Public Library. She also writes children’s books and is a member of SCBWI.

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  1. Regine Lombardo

    February 19, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Lovely word play.

  2. Jess Glicoes

    February 19, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Great imagery. The soft cadence of the words really sets the calming tone well.

  3. Kristi Mahoney

    February 21, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Beautiful and heartfelt!


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