For My Daughter

i loved you
i was conscious
of anything

before i dreamt of you
thought of you
wanted you
or held you,

i loved you

in every way i knew how:
the way
i had been loved
the way i had not been loved
the way i wished
i had been loved

the fullness
and the void
of love i had known
or yearned for
over lifetimes
and ages
all poured into

my love for you

i loved you
with ferocity
and wholeheartedness
unspeakable joy
and unbearable torment

as only one
who gives birth
can love
her child

11th december 2011


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