Deadline

Spider, hourglass on a thin thread
descending down onto the baby’s bed;
black cat, sneaky shadow of Death,
prowling the house to seek a baby’s breath;
raven, stained with ink, beak a nib,
perching upon the sleeping baby’s crib;
nanny, dark frock and darker eyes,
slipping into the nursery likewise;
story, laid out upon the sheet,
innocent, helpless, not as yet complete.

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