Shawn L. Bird

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poem- aubade February 4, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:17 am
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Your limbs

spill from silken sheets

shimmering in the glimmer

of morning squeezing between

window slats,

striping you like a convict,

but I am your prisoner.

Your lips

curl as you murmur,

conversing with lovers

in your dreams,

Your hips

burrow deeply

on the rhythm of your sighs

and I long to lie beside you,

lingering in the light,

but as dawn drives day

so must I away.



An aubade is a French leaving poem.  It’s the opposite of a serenade, and is the song of a lover leaving his beloved in the morning.  I’d never heard of the form before, and on the same day, I discovered it by accident (when I looked up a French lingerie company by the name and the definition came up) I found an aubade in the WordPress poetry feed.  Quite a coincidence!  Here is my first one.  I should add, that I am unlikely to ever write one from experience, since generally I’m going to bed at dawn, while my husband is getting up! 😉  


14 Responses to “poem- aubade”

  1. Oh, never heard of the form either. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I certainly have not heard of that form. But it seems you’ve done the form justice in your poem.

  3. migueltio Says:

    So powerfully touching!! Love it!

  4. kgbethlehem Says:

    Reblogged this on kgbethlehem and commented:
    This poem, haunting piece here is what i can ponder on a relationship in heat but yet mystery of being real? No? Well read it yourself on this edition of Friday Night Poetry Corner Part B

  5. It’s good. I might have to do one of these….. Well-written. What a beautiful form of poetry.

  6. smithaw50 Says:

    Great imagery, ‘morning squeezing between window slats…’ And I’ve learned a new word and form of poetry. Thanks!

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