NEWBORN

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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how i love poems about babies, their innocence says it all. nice piece of writing

Posted 2 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Day Ago

Thanks sette. Newborn babies are lovely and thankfully most grow into decent adults.
Cheers.<.. read more
sette

11 Hours Ago

so true alan
I'm amazed at how you covered so many bases with your deliciously sweet poem! First, my congrats, gramps, on being mesmerized by this tiny wonder! You definitely got that across (I can almost see your eyes misting up a bit). Love your highly original descriptions of all the "baby" stuff we go ga-ga over *smile* But even more intriguing was your stanza explaining how various physical attributes connect all the related people who are going ga-ga as they each see some part of themselves! I also love the way you let this sweet lullaby bump up against some of this world's harshnesses, if only to emphasize your refrain of sleepytime innocence that should remain uninterrupted! Just beautiful! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Week Ago


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 1 Week Ago


Beautifully captured memory that will never leave you. Billions before and after will feel this, yet every time is truly unique. So get your head round that if you can :)
Congratulations Grampa.

Posted 1 Week Ago


CONGRATS !!
It's such a special tender time of life
I have a great-grandson
all my grandchildren (5) are girls.!

Enjoy !!! .........♥

Jazzy



Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Week Ago

Thanks Jazzy. Yes it is a wonderful new phase of life.
All the best to you and your clan!read more
J. J.  Nightingale

1 Week Ago

Thank you... and...You are welcome.........:)......
Your tender feelings and thoughts for this child are well-described. May the two of you be the best of friends.

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Week Ago

Thanks Samuel. I'm losing track with the WC hanging up the closed sign every five minutes! Life cycl.. read more
this made me quite emotional, such a sweet and thoughtful poem. beautifully written.

Posted 1 Week Ago


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alanwgraham

1 Week Ago

Thanks for your kind words.. I feel the same. When your writing is personal your writing seems close.. read more
When your children are born you come to realize there is something you love greater than yourself.you cant explain that in words to your kids until they discover it for themselves

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

3 Weeks Ago

Thanks KC. Yes, you are right. Words at inadequate for these things.
Cheers.
Alan
Wow, so eloquent and beautifully written! Congratulations to you and your family. May your joys be endless!

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom



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