Midnight Lullaby


settling in on  the top berth

exchanged for my lower

with an elder

I glance around

“three men and me-perfect”

I whisper to my husband

gnashing his teeth,

hundreds of miles away


the rhythmic beat of

iron wheels on tracks

weigh heavy on my eyelids

as they shut out senses

inviting sleep



rudely awakeened, I

gather my bearings

waiting – there it was again


quickly followed by a

phewewew,  yet another

groooooo ….

three men with

three snores

queeyouuuu, phewewewew, groooooo

groaning  inwardly I

bury my face in the pillow

good-bye sleep



I start timing the next


three beats to the next


one following the other

in perfect sync with

the periodic pulse of iron wheels


strange midnight lullaby

rocking me gently till soon

I’m dead to the world, perhaps




Elizabeth Kuriakose



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About Elizabeth Kuriakose

A hectic career as a banker and looking after family kept me busy for ages. Quit my job to look after family. Once the children were old enough to take care of themselves, I discovered my love for writing in late 2014. Words in poetry or prose have been my constant companion thence on.

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