Lullaby

By Amanda Jernigan Amanda Jernigan
My little lack-of-light, my swaddled soul,   
December baby. Hush, for it is dark,   
and will grow darker still. We must embark   
directly. Bring an orange as the toll   
for Charon: he will be our gondolier.   
Upon the shore, the season pans for light,   
and solstice fish, their eyes gone milky white,   
come bearing riches for the dying year:   
solstitial kingdom. It is yours, the mime   
of branches and the drift of snow. With shaking   
hands, Persephone, the winter’s wife,   
will tender you a gift. Born in a time   
of darkness, you will learn the trick of making.   
You shall make your consolation all your life.   

Source: Poetry (December 2005).

 Amanda  Jernigan

Biography

Amanda Jernigan is a poet, playwright, essayist and editor. Her first collection is Groundwork: poems (Biblioasis, 2011); her poems also appear in Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry, edited by Robyn Sarah (Cormorant Books, 2011). She lives and works in Canada with her partner, the artist John Haney.
 


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Poems by Amanda Jernigan

Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Death, Sorrow & Grieving, Infancy, Winter, Nature, Heroes & Patriotism, Living, Mythology & Folklore, Greek & Roman Mythology

POET’S REGION Canada

Poetic Terms Sonnet, Allusion

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