Jessica was born 11-19-82. 35 today! She is a gift from God and we are eternally grateful.
From the bottomless shaft of sleep
“My water broke.” In red glow: 12:30 PM
My drive to Cape Fear Valley Hospital took seconds
but the night moved a glacier’s inch.
The fetal heart monitor slushed noisy beats
from my love’s ocean bubble. My cassette
stole your little heart forever.
Chris climbs into the saddle,
arches her back 180° as her screams
shook florescent ceiling lights
and rattled instrument trays.
Delivery room cheerleaders chanted
Push! Push! Push. Squeezing tears,
My teeth grind to the gums, clamping her hand.
A mushroom cap sprouted from black roots
as your chalk-white head emerged—
oblong head and tubular body squirted
into alien space, blinding suns.
Babbling and jabbering, I sleepwalk
in orbit around my love, cupping you
in my hands. Here she is! Here she is!
Your pink fingers
corkscrewed wound my pinkie
with primate strength.