Monday, May 3, 2010

For my daughter

‘Tis the dawning of your birth day,
Just past the midnight’s stroke.
Your daddy sleeps; your brother sleeps,
And yet, you prod and poke

As if I need reminding
of your presence in my womb!
My precious one, you’ll learn my heart has
“only daughter” room.

It nestles next to Daddy’s space,
and in between your brothers’
A spot that only you will fill,
unique from all the others.

I wait this day with baited breath
to learn of who you’ll be:
your face, your name, your mellow cries
for now just mysteries.

But soon enough, the sun will rise
I’ll face the surgeon’s knife;
And on the flip side of her steel
awaits your God-breathed life.

They’ll pull your red form from me,
suction, rub, and dry.
They’ll drop your eyes and print your feet,
and finally lift you high

Above the sterile curtain
for our four eyes to meet.
I hope you’ll recognize me;
it’s for you my heart beat

For weeks and months and seasons
from fall til May’s first flood.
My darling baby daughter,
my female flesh and blood.

A half-a-turn is all that’s left
for Planet Earth to make
until I draw you to my chest,
a hold no pow’r can shake.

May 3, 2010, dear:
The day my world stood still.
Now overflows the heart-hole 
that only you could fill.

14 comments:

phasejumper said...

Beautiful. So excited for you today, Monica. Can't wait to "see" her! (It might be a little late, but I would like to officially put in a vote for the name "Brittani". tee hee.)

Gabriel and Penelope's Mama said...

Oh Monica... That is beyond beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us!

The Niemeyer Nest said...

Sweet! I will be thinking of you today.

Stacy D said...

Love it :) Can't wait for an update and to meet your beautiful baby girl :)

Kelly said...

Beautiful! Thinking of you today!

amy (metz) walker said...

UM, WOWOWOWOWOW. If you wrote that, you need to start to work on getting that published STAT!

Thinking of you today!

amy (metz) walker said...

Oh, by the way, it's my little brother's birthday today...just one more thing we have in common.

Sara said...

"mellow cries"...here's hoping. ;) That is a beautiful poem to your daughter. Words cannot describe how joyous I am today with the news of BG's birth. Love to you all!

Heether said...

This is beautifully written! I am so excited to "meet" her!

Jessica said...

beautiful, monica.

crystal theresa said...

beautiful :)

Hillary @ The Other Mama said...

Breathtaking, Mon. :)

Tiffany said...

Just came across this... Made me cry! That's the sweetest thing!

crystal theresa said...

beautiful. its' going to be really special when she reads this.

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