prelude to a baptism: first baths

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I love with an almost fearful love
to remember the first baths I gave him…

…I’d tell him about his wonderful body
and the wonderful soap, and he’d look up at me,
one week old, his eyes still wide
and apprehensive…

…I love that time
when you croon and croon to them, you can see
the calm slowly entering them, you can
sense it in your clasping hand,
the little spine relaxing against
the muscle of your forearm, you feel the fear
leaving their bodies…

from Sharon Olds, “Bathing the New Born”

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2 thoughts on “prelude to a baptism: first baths

    Sherry said:
    September 15, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Beautiful. Congratulations!

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