A Gift

Your ears rest quietly
in boxes
on your dresser top

as you snuggle
with your blue blanket,
you drift into a world
only you know

a dog barks
under the neighbor’s live oak
on this sticky summer night

your sister plays
another song on the piano
while your father and I
begin our conversations
of another day spent

you are filled with a silence
none of us can divine
until another exquisite morning begins
when you will delight in a gift
the rest of us had all night

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About the Author

Sallie Crotty has published work in numerous places, including The Dairy Hollow Echo; The Drabble; eMerge; and Resources to Recover. The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference selected her writing for workshop three times, and The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow awarded her a residency in 2018. Sallie holds a B.A. in English from Sewanee: The University of the South and an Ed.M. from Harvard. She is pursuing her MFA at Queens University of Charlotte and working on a poetry collection. Her memoir Out of the Ashes: A Story of Recovery and Hope comes out June 2022.