Sunday, January 10, 2010

sit sibi terra levis, Niobe

sit sibi terra levis
by Niobe

The halcyon days surround her now
The stormy seasons cease
Eyes closed secure to shutter in
Some easy dream of peace
No indrawn breath disturbs her rest
No crying stirs her crying
The earthly cradle rocks her to
A sounder sleep than mine


about the piece.
This piece was originally published in January 2007 on the blog Dead Baby Jokes.

about the poet.
Niobe maintains the blog Dead Baby Jokes.


  1. I love this. It has a lilting quality reminiscent of Christina Rossetti, which, now I think on it, is so utterly, perfectly appropriate. It's almost satisfyingly sad, Niobe. Beautiful.

  2. Beautifully written.
    The words have a gentle, almost comforting quality.
    Thank you Niobe.

  3. A beautiful poem, almost like a lullaby.

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  5. such a beautiful way to express such sadness. I agree with the other commenters... the iambic pentameter is comforting in the way it swells and sways.

  6. "No crying stirs her crying"

    That line hits me hard

    Very beautiful, Niobe. xo


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