Heart – Journey
I made you Alice:
A sandwich of cells by week 3
Anvilled heart, ante-natally canny
Singing by six months
6 weeks gave you voice, ears – could you see?
I drummed you a soul by 9 months (by week 9 you had arms and legs did you?)
Dancing in your lair at 14 months
(14 weeks threaded bone on sinew)
Velociraptors had ‘elegant sufficiency’
Compared to me
That dinner of apricot sauerkraut gave us hiccups for nearly a week
Swimming widths in my stomach whilst I almost dreamt
Your marbled vernix; skin so sleek
‘Another boy but tougher’ I mused in bed as kicking your dad,
between organs you’d dive.
After I made you, I was reconfigured
Hauled back from blistered lips
Skin left outside in a deep caesarean smile
Mica –glistening stones, knees, elbows, ankles, ornamental, crone
(Week 23 eyebrows, fingerprints of tin and guile)
Your nails are grown;
It’s time for your journey.
By Patti Mckenna-Jones 2018