Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Night Watchman--By Carl "Papa" Palmer--United States

Night Watchman

He checks his sleeping child, now a woman,
moves closer, listens, watches her breathe.

As if she knows, opens her eyes, asks
Is that you, Dad?

“Yes, you’re dreaming, go back to sleep.”

His sleeping child, now a woman,
forever his little girl.

Carl "Papa" Palmer, retired Army, retired FAA, now just plain retired, lives in University Place, Washington. He has seven chapbooks and a contest winning poem riding buses somewhere in Seattle. Carl has been nominated for the Micro Award and Pushcart Prize.

MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever


  1. Very sweet and loving poem by Carl "Papa" Palmer!

  2. Dear Carl,
    This poem articulates a beautiful moment capturing it forever.
    Thank you,
    PS: Love your motto!

  3. Nice. Thank you for sharing. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  4. Dear Carl, your "Night Watchman" speaks highly for love
    and being responsible. No matter how old, they are still
    our children. Great writing.