after initial shock



you…still mother warm,
a first gasp for breath,
as her heartbeat whoosh
dims to faintness
in cacophony of sound

you… a first bee sting
pain startle indignation
at size disproportionate,
at liable and consequence
in a nasty world

you…first watch father cry,
though his grief enables
your doubting confidence
to bloom to empathy

you…first knowing glance,
as implication shocks to life
a quickening awareness
of tantalizing power

Bonnie Marshall

Art by Sebastian Lucius, 1893


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