Mother and Child

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In the early morning you are still

We lie face to face

Your closed eye fitted to my cheek

Your small hand reaches around, grasping my neck

You press in

Cheek to cheek


Already my mind is on the work of the day:

Packing lunches

Preparing meetings

Prepping emails


Then your eyelashes flutter

I am summoned to the present

In wonder

Have I ever felt another human’s eyelash rest on my cheek?

What intimacy is this- mother and child?