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NEWBORN

A Poem by alanwgraham
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some thoughts on the birth of our first grandson Leo

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Newborn



 

but for these sweet moments

I let the babe sleep

I gaze in rapture

on him lying content

in the crook of my arm

 

newly teased

from womb to world

from dark to light

from warmth to chill

 

flesh of my flesh

my first grandchild

 

these few precious guileless months

of cooing, laughing, gurgling

crying in want, in hunger

before the fall puts word to tongue

words of praise, words of love

words of cunning, words of anger

 

the human stain

the serpents apple

 

but for this moment

the babe sleeps sweetly

newborn, innocent

this pause in time

 

but no blank canvas

his warp and weft

stretch backward and forward

begat upon begat

from past to future

 

from a grandmother, those green eyes

from an Irish bard, that love for words

from a roman peasant, the dimpled cheek

to a grandaughter, that red hair

 

but for this sweet moment

let the babe sleep

innocent as a lamb

for the moment …….


© 2018 alanwgraham



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Congratulations on the birth of your new grandson Alan! Your beautiful poem is panoramic, ecstatic, poignant and contemplative. The photo is precious. Your eloquent, dramatic words convey so skillfilly the hesitancy- the holding of breath- the fragility of the moment...the hopes, the fears, the history, the love above all. Yes, “let the babe sleep” and may God bless him always.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

5 Months Ago

Sorry about these belated thanks for reading this. I was just saying to my son that for his son its .. read more



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Your poem is truly breathtaking. Precious!

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Made me shudder & glow did these fine words... you and yours are truly blessed my friend, how lovely such a thing... I hope one day, each of mine will gift me something so precious and true......... Neville

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Month Ago

Thanks Neville. First time round you are too busy to fully appreciate but with our grandson we can e.. read more
Neville Pettitt

1 Month Ago

Tis always a pleasure....For the time being, I can but imagine, but remain optimistic.......enjoy my.. read more
Yes, I have wished that they could remain 'babes' forever ...in innocence!

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Month Ago

Thanks Kitty. Yes, enjoy the innocence while it lasts but there is always something new to look forw.. read more
kitty

1 Month Ago

Maternal/paternal instincts are always evident.
A touching tribute to a baby. Your words were used sparingly as to denote a new life upon whose pages not much has been written.Well done

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

2 Months Ago

Thanks Sean. We had our own three kids many years so this grandson is a new adventure and sense of w.. read more
This is a beautiful and sweet read. Sometimes I worry, but this reminds me to just take one day at a time. Thank you!

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

2 Months Ago

Thanks for reading and reviewing. It's a special time having grandchildren to enjoy.
All the .. read more
Congratulations on the birth of your new grandson Alan! Your beautiful poem is panoramic, ecstatic, poignant and contemplative. The photo is precious. Your eloquent, dramatic words convey so skillfilly the hesitancy- the holding of breath- the fragility of the moment...the hopes, the fears, the history, the love above all.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

3 Months Ago

Thanks. It has been wonderful enjoying a new life developing and we are lucky to be close. I was loo.. read more
Congrats and my best wishes. I enjoyed the read as well.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Precious moments,precious photo,precious poem!

Posted 3 Months Ago


Delightful write, something wonderful about the innocence of a new born. I have three grandchildren and they all live with me. Make the most of that precious time, they grow up! Very much enjoyed. Lovely photograph to accompany your words. Congratulations by the way.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

4 Months Ago

Thanks Christine, It is a lovely time to enjoy and to experience the regeneration of life. Wow, you .. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

It's very hard work Alan, but very worthwhile.
ah great , i have four all spoilt rotten thats what we do ,,

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

4 Months Ago

Yes. Spoiling them is what you feel like doing.
Cheers,
Alan

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Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom



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Married with three grown up kids, I retired early from teaching physics but have always enjoyed a second life enjoying the outdoors, particularly the mountains. In my mid forties I experienced a manic.. more..

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