When You Were Born

Deborah Barchi
Feb 22 · 1 min read

A confession to my son

Photo by Evelyn Semenyuk on Unsplash

When you were born, I lay recovering from a simple delivery that had morphed into a surgery.

Relief was all I I felt for those first few moments. Then, more clearly, a vision flared.

You, my son-I now understood-would bring me the greatest joy and the deepest sorrow.

You, a tiny swaddled life. An extraterrestrial with the power to enchant me.

Tears like rivulets sought the tunnels of my ears. My heart scrabbled for a balance between elation and fear…

It struggles still, this aging heart of mine. The few threads of wisdom I have spun could scarcely weave a fitted cap.

But the connection between us holds strong, whatever comes. The twisted cord that even death will not fully sever.

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Deborah Barchi

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Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays. 824drb@gmail.com

Dead Poets Live

Rilke, Whitman, Angelou, Clifton — inspiration and prompts

Deborah Barchi

Written by

Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays. 824drb@gmail.com

Dead Poets Live

Rilke, Whitman, Angelou, Clifton — inspiration and prompts

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