Canto LXXVIII

Remember when I placed an apple seed
into your palm and said it was the size
of the six week embryo you carried?

Well, ten weeks later, cells have multiplied,
organs have sprung from almost nothing and
the life within has gone from being a seed

to the apple itself. I place my hand
across your belly, close my eyes as if
performing some kind of Vulcan baby scan—

briefly connect to what lies underneath
so tactile nerve endings can boldly go
beyond the hardened bulge of your midriff

into a world that we could never know,
to test the slightness of its just learned grip,
to brush the downy fur of lanugo

and feel its footsteps on my fingertips.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Niall O'Sullivan
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 15:59:56

    Reply

  2. peter litton
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 00:47:22

    First impressions often make the best comments.
    We, the mammals, carry our offspring within ourselves both physically and mentally. We are capable of tremendous maternal and paternal feelings…evolution has been kind to us.

    Reply

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