Her warm fragrant head sings fluent babble
Through a smacking soother.
Ten tiny nailed fingers fervently mine a pulse
At the elbow.
Vein throbs, hand is numbed .
Pray for Hypnos, bearing slumber.
Pray he comes soon.
Next door slams to work at six a.m.
Baby body shudders, hands claw.
Khronos, stay away.
© Noel Loftus
Search for April Jones becomes murder inquiry
Noel Loftus is a fellow member of ward9writers from Mayo in the west of Ireland. In his forties, he is married, with two children, and currently works as a buyer for a safety supplies company.