Down she treads
In ivory chemise,
The spirit puts
Her pale lips
To the sleeping babe’s forehead,
Wishes gentle sleep.
This was written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #137, Kind and Shift (synonyms are in bold). I took what I believe may be a weird route for shift: in the 1800’s, a shift was a sort of petticoat. So I made the petticoat/shift/chemise the star of this shadorma, the wearer of said article a kind spirit that wishes well those that live in her home.
Or does she?
The picture, as far as I can tell, is in the public domain because of its age.