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Six Poems by Gail Peck
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Gail Peck writes, All of these six poems will be included in the new
manuscript I am currently working on.  It is tentatively titled “Counting
the Lost Children.”  After my last book of poetry, I challenged myself to
write poems based on works of art, and not be solely dependent upon
autobiography.  However, since I know the power of memory and
personal experience, I wanted to include poems that are
autobiographical, in part or in whole.  My stepfather was in the Army,
and stationed in Berlin during 1957-1960.  While I was too young to
absorb all the history of Berlin at that time, it later became an abiding
interest for me, and seems now to have found its natural place in my
work.   
   
Lullaby
Wind, wind, a shaking,
wind that keeps awaking . . .

Gone the light of the sun,
now a cradled moon.
Hush and sleep,
dark passes soon.

Wind, wind, a shaking
wind that keeps awaking . . .

Night’s a closing of wings,
day is an opening over.
Soon stars will disappear,
throw back their quilted cover.

Wind, wind, a lisp,
wind, wind a whisper . . .

Dawn shines through the window.
The tree outside has stilled,
has shaken all its sorrows.
Wind has had its fill.
Six Poems by Gail Peck

Table of Contents

1. Lullaby

2.
One, For Praise

3. Prams at Auschwitz

4. Rest

5. The Goblets

6. Woman Reflecting

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