A Baby Asleep after Pain

David Herbert Lawrence was an English writer and poet. His collected works represent, among other things, an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation. Lawrence's writing explores issues such as sexuality, emotional health, vitality, spontaneity, and instiā€¦

As a drenched, drowned bee
Hangs numb and heavy from a bending flower,
 So clings to me
My baby, her brown hair brushed with wet tears
 And laid against her cheek;
Her soft white legs hanging heavily over my arm
Swinging heavily to my movements as I walk.
 My sleeping baby hangs upon my life,
Like a burden she hangs on me.
 She has always seemed so light,
But now she is wet with tears and numb with pain
Even her floating hair sinks heavily,
 Reaching downwards;
As the wings of a drenched, drowned bee
 Are a heaviness, and a weariness.

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