Umbilical: A Poem

Umbilical: A Poem

this is how i'll remember you:

how your second child,
    my only co-heir to sorrow,
    unraveled from you
        after only five weeks.

how your body,
    emptied of soul,
    bowed at your bedside
         as if to grieve itself.

how your last breath,
    that gentle unmothering,
    went on    and on
        until i heard its loud silence.

how i,
    your seed, your predicament,
    carried myself in your haze,
          hid inside your hollow
             like a womb.

how the cord cut,
    thin wisp severed
    sudden     and slow,
        afflicting me like a benediction.

how hope, 
glowing and globular,
fits inside my    cupped hands.

Hope Index, Vol. 14: How in the World Can a Weary World Rejoice?

Hope Index, Vol. 14: How in the World Can a Weary World Rejoice?

In Defense of the Sensitive Heart

In Defense of the Sensitive Heart