Tuesday, February 19, 2013

First Kiss





 
The team rushed you off, out of sight.
Steady stream of commands then
hissing, suctioning
machines. Filtration of fear all around. 

No one said a word to me.  No eye contact.
I closed my eyes, didn’t ask, didn’t look,
mumbled, Please God, before oblivion.

I could see you from time to time
Through panels of glass and the hum
of your breathing machine.  Lights blinding.
You were too vulnerable and dependent
on machines, wires, and tape.

Finally you were brought into my darkened
room. The blue clad nurses an entourage
coming to see the reunion
of mother and miracle child. 

You looked strong, wondrously made
ten fingers, ten toes, all the right appendages.
They handed you to me.

I engulfed you in my arms, couldn’t see
for tears, but I found your precious cheek. 
That kiss has lasted my lifetime.

28 comments:

Mary said...

This is a wonderful poem, Judy. What a miracle child indeed; and I can just imagine how wonderful that first kiss was!

Victoria said...

What a poem of mother's love judy. It brings me to tears. I didn't know Brian had a difficult bith.

Judy Roney said...

Yes, he did, V. He wasn't breathing and didn't breathe for some time...longer than they thought was possible. They thought he might be mentally and/or developmentally challenged at first but no sign of that. The last thing after he went through all the stages where certain obvious brain damages would have appeared, Dr said learning disabilities was something we would have to look for. He did have a learning disability.

Hannah said...

I LOVE the direction you went....so precious, brings real tears. Thank you, Judy. ♥

neil reid said...

A beautiful emotive mother's poem. But then again, it is also an incredible child's poem! A kiss for a lifetime, indeed. ~neil

irene said...

You've brought us on a wondrous passage. Surprise!

Peggy said...

What a beautiful story so well expressed. A kiss to last a lifetime no matter what was to come. That is what being a mother is all about.

Wayne Pitchko said...

wwell said...well written...thanks for sharing

Bill said...

So powerful. Hurts to read.

Mametz said...

lovely poem, full of warmth

Ella said...

Wonderful! I love this poem~
You touched on so many cornerstones of the heart <3 it!

Abin Chakraborty said...

beautiful and moving.full of that special love of a mother for her newborn.

anthonynorth said...

Powerful, emotional and beautiful.

Laurie Kolp said...

So touching, filled with love... and what a cute baby.

Serena Helriot said...

So beautiful, uplifting, touching... my heart soars like a hawk. The best first kiss ever...

wind-wishing said...

Beautiful story, beautiful poem, beautifully written,

Elizabeth

aprille said...

Oh..that last line..

Laura said...

so beautiful!

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

Judy,

A really emotional and loving poem. I felt the love and the worry, until that special first kiss and bond.

Best Wishes,
Eileen

Thank you for your very kind visit and comments at my poem, Judy:)

Lynne said...

Takes my breath away, Judy. Very emotional and so beautiful.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

So moving, so poignant. "That kiss has lasted my lifetime." And the joy in that baby's face in the photo. Heartrending poem, Judy. So beautiful.

dsnake1 said...

so touching, and lovely.
that's a mother's love. :)

odyzz said...

It's so touching..mother's love is divine..and so are your words..

Akila G said...

A miracle indeed! :)

ND Mitchell said...

Lovely poem of a mother's devotion. Very moving.

Kim Nelson said...

An amazing piece that deserves to be published in an anthology of "motherhood" poems.

Lisa Williams said...

A lovely, tender poem of maternal love, so touching.

Bill said...

What a gift.