tuesday 13 december 02005 11:35am
california pacific medical center, room 201
amba bhavani jaya jagadambe

ava
came early
at just the ripe moment.

at one point
in the first hour of her breath
ava was screaming.

i had not been invited to touch her yet
so i went to her
and sang.

she turned her face toward my voice.
she turned her face toward my voice
and open-blinked her eyes

which were still just testing the light.
i sang
she turned her face toward my voice

and listened
and was quiet.