Baby's Cry


My arrival is NOW!
Swimming into the World of Air-
The warmth of mother's body caressing me;
a gentle hand to guide me;
brightness surrounding me,
but, wait...


Now, separate and alone - lost in
a void of unknown experience.
Initiated into membership in humanity
with promises of continuing nourishment:
Love and Family,
Community and Brotherhood,
but, wait...



The touch of harsh metal upon my innocence;
The betrayal of the gentle hands;
An ooze of warm life blood.
Why? Where is your hospitality?
Is this how you welcome new guests?
Or, am I now ordained?
Another victim-to-be-survivor
Knowing not what steps to take to recover.
I...who can't even count to 12.

Joe Zoske

From: The Poet Within,
Diane Tait, editor
DeeMar Communications,
Greenville, NC  1997.

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