For Cullen: Four Days Old, Waking
By Preston H. Hood
I hug my first grandson rock him back
& forth above the swaying white
hear his breath measured & calm,
& discover those sea-deep eyes that blink
from the water-music of sleep.
His tiny fingers open, close, embrace
my thumb, the moment sharing. Our lives
intertwine – branch toward light.
While he gazes up at me & into this world,
his eyelids flutter. I wonder what he sees, how he
thinks, what does he want to hear from me?
Four days, just four, too young
to focus or concentrate, yet somewhere
in sleep where he should be.
How irresistible in my arms: his head leaning
against my chest, the bright noon warming
round him. Peace composes his face.
His serene expression breathes love to me
in code. I hold him long enough against my cheek
to feel his pulse & yawning grin
awaken, & arouse in me a new beginning
where everything again is possible.
When I listen closely, I can almost hear him speak.
Reprinted from “The Hallelujah of Listening,” Cervena Barva Press, 2011, by permission of Preston Hood.