The house is
cast in a soft blue light,
which means I don’t have to worry
about finding the switch on the kitchen wall
as I walk to your room
to rock you back to sleep
and where I’ll try to listen through the wall
to hear if you woke your brother
while I will myself to stay awake
with you in my arms.
But if I nod off,
it’s never for too long,
just long enough that I don’t have to worry
about waking you
when I put you back down
and I walk back to my room
through the quiet blue snow light
where all those worries are divine.
Born and raised in Westhampton Beach, Long Island, Corydon Doyle has been a writer all his life. In 2011 he self-published a book of poetry: Columnated Ruins, and in 2012 he collaborated with friend and illustrator Jeff Karl and self-published a children’s book Daydreams and Nightdreams, which won a Gold Medal Moonbeam Award. He studied English Literature and Education at SUNY Fredonia and earned his Ph.D. in Literacy Studies from Hofstra University. Currently, he teaches English at Mount Sinai High School and lives in Center Moriches with his wife, their two sons, and their dog Luna. His favorite Brontë is Emily.