A work colleague is nearing delivery of her second child. With a daughter in college, her “second time around” at motherhood will be a new and different experience, I suspect. I came across this sweet poem in a book by June Cotner, Baby Blessings: Inspiring Poems and Prayers for Every stage of Babyhood, which is filled with wonderful sentiments.
by Lynn Schmeidler
Your spirit encircles me in ever closer rings,
tapping at my heart until I know
I am overtaken.
I plant a protective hand on my belly in a crowd.
Your father’s lips hover over my waist wishing you
You sleep when I walk, awaken when I eat.
Your world of muted light and muffled sound,
ruled by its
own internal clock.
A baby dolphin, you kick out laps in your warm,
Barefoot, I dance upon the rug with you my
Your father blows brilliant bubbles around us.
Iridescent orbs gloat from the wand and pop.
Soon, you-and-I will be