the holy thrumming of the fan
in our bedroom is chanting your
lullaby in protective undertones.
I am cozy, staring into the poised
bassinet that will hold you just less
than cocooned to me in ten short weeks.
I practice knowing the smell of you,
I stay up later than I’m barely able just
to shake hands with the exhaustion
we’ll happily lend a room to.
and you – you are practicing self defense
beneath my flesh; to you, the only world there is.
I could make tiny wishes that you’d some day
tell me what my heartbeat sounds like from the inside:
glass-smooth jazz, a jagged pop beat?
I like to imagine my writer’s heart
beats like the honey of a romance novel,
appreciating with intensity every soft thump of life.
I question that you’ll read my work
(hold it high as Hamlet held Yorick’s skull)
hold it up to the light and memorize every vein,
test it for disease – or else wave it away as novelty.
at least do me this favor, son: read every word.
chance it. swallow it down and throw it up if you must.
this is your story, the most important I’ll ever write.