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Birthday

Birthday

Lungs fill with air

A newborn cry announces,

“I am I.

I am here.

 

Severed cord

Limbs flail.

Where are you?

I am helpless, afraid.

 

Separated by a Sophie’s choice

Mother, child divided

May never meet again.

Selfish or selfless?

 

Adoption

Whose fault?

Not yours cherished child

Forgive me.

 

Empty hands, reaching hands

Tears flow in parallel rivers

Sorrow and joy

Into the ocean of time and possibility.

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