Breathing In…The Beginning

The crackled cry of the infant
slapped into life,
soft breath on its cheek,
warmth of encircling arms
…the beginning

A touch of gentle fingers exploring
the palms, the toes, the knees;
a hazy moon-shape, hovering
…out of focus.

A hunger, a need, a nuzzling,
a satisfaction,
a gazing into eyes, searching
…the depths of love.

Swaddling, comfort; a lulling,
a humming melody, voices
whispering and soft laughter

Awaken to a medley of sounds,
sensations, shadows, awareness.
The breathing in of life
…has begun.

© Marion Sharville

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