Shining Rock Poetry Anthology

"Hello" by Sean Hill

She, being the midwife
and your mother's
longtime friend, said
I see a heart; can you
see it? And on the grey
display of the ultrasound
there you were as you were,
our nugget, in that moment
becoming a shrimp
or a comma punctuating
the whole of my life, separating
its parts--before and after--,
a shrimp in the sea
of your mother, and I couldn't
help but see the fast
beating of your heart
translated on that screen
and think and say to her,
to the room, to your mother,
to myself It looks like
a twinkling star.
I imagine I'm not
the first to say that either.
Unlike the first moments
of my every day,
the new of seeing you was the first
--deserving of the definite article--
moment I saw a star
at once so small and so
big, so close and getting closer
every day, I pray.


Sean Hill is the author of Dangerous Goods, awarded the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor, and the recipient of fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.

The above poem first appeared on Poem-A-Day on Poets.org and it is reprinted by permission of the author.

 
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