You find your self complaining that your back
-bent by nothing but the dead weight of your head-
is too old and sore to bend when she lifts her
tiny hands to you and asks you to lift her high.
And there you are- struck dumb and wondering
if your father remembers the last time he
lifted you, whether he knew that this time
(this begged for one more time) would be the last.
And you think of how one day when he is old
and frail and thin with ghosts, you might yet
bend to carry him, from a hospital bed perhaps,
into the fading light, or down into the earth.
And you think of all the lasts that
punctuate this thing that is your life
as she lifts her hands again and your aching
back bends and you raise her to the light.
Then one morning,
you wake next to blond hair,
eyes blue like sky,
and two tiny hands asleep beside you.
See all of you was made for this.
That all of this is yours.
And you lasted after all.
She wakes with both hands hurled
into the purple light of morning
Dances paso dobles down our spines
to kick us into life
Copper light frays its way through the curtains
and the sky breaks into song
A tiny sun rising
in the blue
between our bones
Her tiny fingers trace shapes in my palm,
little maps to lost places,
where I, still, could believe in small gods
then she stops,
points a finger between my eyes and breathes out,
You came into the world blue,
and hands first,
a tiny clutch of fist and promise
raised to the light.
I remember you
lifted loose with
the goddess rope,
that hotline back to the big everything,
wrapped once around your neck,
the great ocean holding on too long,
not wanting to let its daughter go.
Every one has that terror moment, I know.
Your blue arrival was mine.
I remember it,
as you were lifted loose,
the doc untangling you,
the tiny mask breathing oxygen into you,
you blooming pink,
sparks kindling into perfect popping fire,
and the universe breathing out.
You, long awaited, a slow rising wave that finally broke,
you sang an ocean worth of salt and song,
as something long asleep,
and buried deep inside my chest,
cleared its cobwebbed throat.
And I remember you,
sprawled across your mumma’s chest,
with curled fingers
tapping your morse code hello,
your first filled lungs
singing out their ocean songs,
your at last opening eyes,
and the first flash of a
gentler kind of blue,
from a tiny holy ocean,
that both our hearts