The day I became a Mother

The day I became a mother

there was no blood.

No mewling cries

or beeping machines

no sweaty astonished faces

shocked at the brutality of birth,

in awe of the miracle of life


We went for a walk

to a coffee shop

taking turns to carry you

in the sling

wondering if onlookers

could tell we'd just met

as we gazed,

in awe of the miracle of

you.