Auto Lullaby

Franz Wright

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Think of a sheep

knitting a sweater;

think of your life

getting better and better.


Think of your cat

asleep in a tree;

think of that spot

where you once skinned your knee.


Think of a bird

that stands in your palm.

Try to remember

the Twenty-first Psalm.


Think of a big pink horse

galloping south;

think of a fly, and

close your mouth.


If you feel thirsty, then

drink from your cup.

The birds will keep singing

until they wake up.

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Author Bio

Franz Wright’s collections of poetry include The Beforelife (2001), God’s Silence (2006), and Walking to Martha’s Vineyard, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. Franz Wright’s father was also a writer. Franz has taught at Emerson College and other universities. He spends his time working in mental health clinics, and volunteering at a center for grieving children. Wright generally addresses the subjects of isolation, illness, spirituality, and gratitude, in his poems.
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The Meaning

This poem originally appeared in "Poetry Not Written for Children that Children Might Nevertheless Enjoy." by Lemony Snicket. The author's style is very different from most. He creates abrupt changes. Each stanza evokes a different emotion, in a simple moment. The first stanza is about joy. The second stanza is nostalgic. The third stanza brings an emotion of awe and the fourth is whimsical. The fifth and final stanza is about reality.

Recording of Poem

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