Another one for Sidey’s Weekend Theme:Birth. My friend Norma Chick, a wonderful poet who lives in , wrote this when her first grandson was born.And then I thought you might like to hear how I felt when I heard I was going to have a grandchild – so I have posted that one too if you read that far down.
And then there was the word
our first grandchild
hopes fulfilled, dream realized
cue for release of all those
apposite waiting words
poetry would write itself.
was not at all like that
instead one word
took centre place
filled all the space.
but there it was – manifest
feisty, fighting back
to the commonplace of cliché.
Senses recognized the rightness
heart knew the truth.
Scarcely an hour from the womb
creamy vernix not yet washed away
you lay tucked at your mother’s side
eyes closed, relaxed
already at home in the world.
Call it message, mystery, marvel,
those are parts only, not the whole.
Miracle has no synonym.
N.C. Aug 2009
Phone Call over the Atlantic
Mom, How are you, are you well
I have something to tell you
It might be unexpected.
What is this voice of hope and trepidation
I have not heard before?
But I hear something
I am joyous, my heart bouncing already
And he says’Wendy’s pregnant’.
And then I am over the moon.
Happy, saying I am over the moon
before I remember he said unexpected
Round me I try to focus on the February day
The phone in my hand
the sofa I’m sitting on
the rain dripping down the Edinburgh window
Trying to stop my joy leaping and flying
So I can listen to what he is saying.
But we are talking together,
Me ‘is it Ok?’ ‘did you mean to?’ is Wendy well?’
Him ‘we’re so happy, didn’t know how you’d take it
Me ‘Well now you know’ and words
spill over the long long miles
joy and laughter leaping
till the ocean disappears
under our torrent of joy.
Oh love for once feeling and saying
the exact right thing together
with my distant son, his Wendy
and that fine beginning
to knowing my first grandchild.
EC written April 2009, but the phone call was in 2000. Now she is TALLER than me!!
- Birth and Poetry Writing (elspethc.wordpress.com)