Poetry

Birth Story Phenomena, a poem

it was laughter
and elation.
first hellos
skin to skin.
it was all the waiting
in my arms.
his heartbeat heard
in loud, small cries.
it was my baby
and all joy
settled on my chest.

BUT WAS IT AT HOME
OR THE HOSPITAL?
NATURAL OR PAIN-FREE?
WAS THERE INDUCTION
OR A C-SECTION,
WATER OR MACHINES?

I told you already.
how plainly must I say this?

let me try again.
are you listening?
okay then.

It Was Birth.

-S.V.F.

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