At Bedtime we are reading about the boy who held his finger in a dike keeping the ocean at bay Rescued and back home he kneeled to say his prayers What are prayers my little girl asks I swallow doubt and sigh It's when you talk with God tell what you need listen for answers say thank you Oh she says then silence She'd heard that word before adults swearing Oh my God The Dutch boy in the tale felt the water's heavy mystery saw the odds against him grow like the sea-wall crack but he kept plugging the leak He knew he needed others to miss him to find him to shore up the dike He knew who to thank Waiting for help or ruin did the boy whisper a plea and listen in silence Quiet for now does my girl feel the current of the night hear the rush of salt water under her skin
Jan Seagrave has been a writer for universities, a storyteller, and a librarian. Her work appears or is forthcoming in San Pedro River Review;Gyroscope Review; Eunoia Review; Reverberations II, ed. Pendergast; Marin Poetry Center Anthology 2016, 2017, 2021; Redwood Writers Poetry Anthology 2018-2021; Amore: Love Poems, ed. Tucker, 2016.