Magazine article National Forum

When Birth Goes on Forever

Magazine article National Forum

When Birth Goes on Forever

Article excerpt

Four months pregnant when you first leaped inside me; no small tremor but the acrobatics of a well-hooked fish. I held my belly, for the first time aware that I wasn't alone in my body. The strangeness of it distracted me for weeks.

In what a sea of forgetfulness I trolled for you, my minnow, my wiley bass. You had hardly a memory left when I pulled you up from the school of the unborn, slippery and blue as the sea, stranded on earth almost against your will with such beginners for parents.

When the shock of air hit you, you thrust back your head, gasping, struggling to get away. Your voice, so high and piercing, surprised you into stillness again. What a wrinkled brow you had and trembling mouth. What did you lose by coming here, love?

I couldn't get enough of looking at you. Every whorl of your red-gold hair was a hieroglyphic begging to be read. And how finely you were made. …

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