she let out her first unmistakable cry
when only her head had appeared
and her tiny body was still stuck
in the place between the worlds.
the rest of her journey wasn’t hard,
but decisively monumental for sure.
arriving on my bare chest
and in his sheltering arms around us both
she curled up all the way
as she’d done for all the months
and until a few seconds
prior to that moment.
oh how we sobbed
in utter wonder and awe:
have you ever held
a piece of the universe
right there in your arms,
entrusted to you
for a lifetime?
so there she was,
our perfect gift,
the most gracious blessing,
the most vulnerable of all beings,
the utmost manifestation of our love,
our tiny addition to the family,
our stunning daughter.
she momentarily halted time and space
and all we knew to be true
until we named her
with a whisper and an intuition
and our trust
that this combination of letters
can be the suitable architecture
in this unique time and space
so she can make known
what she holds to be true
over the course of her lifetime.
so now she’s here
and we could be more thrilled
that she’s here to stay.