NINE O'CLOCK LULLABY
Illustrated by: Frane Lessac
Published by: HarperCollins, Inc., 1991
Awards: Children's Choice Award (IRA/CBC), 1991.
Copyright © Marilyn Singer 1991

Nine O’Clock Lullaby

(excerpt)

9 p.m. in Brooklyn, New York

The vroom and shush of traffic

outside the bedroom window

while Mama turns the pages

of a sleeptime tale.

9 p.m. in Brooklyn, New York, is…

***

10 p.m. in Puerto Rico

Sweet rice, fruit ice, coconut candy.

Papa playing congas, Tio his guitar.

Swaying lanterns in the branches,

dancing people on the grass.

Bedtime is forgotten on a special party night.

10 p.m. in Puerto Rico is…

***

Midnight on the mid-Atlantic

Nothing blacker than the water,

nothing wider than the sky.

Pitch and toss, pitch and toss.

The Big Dipper might just ladle

a drink out of the sea.

Midnight on the mid-Atlantic is…

***

2 a.m. in England

Bread in the pantry at nighttime

tastes better than cream cakes at tea.

2 a.m. in England is…