Sometimes she sleeps--we think she's angelic.
Those hours fly by, then she wakes teething,
spends the night screaming.
In the morning someone asks
and we agree she's adorable
during the day or when she sleeps,
but wouldn't it be nice to close your eyes at 10 PM,
not open them until 5 or 6? Of course,
there are the moments when she wakes burning,
a cloth on her brow, cool just moments ago,
mopping up the fever. Those moments between
2 and 2:30 stretch out as if to ten mornings or more,
waiting for the fever to break. I've noticed
how precious she is in those moments,
whether or not she's sleeping.