happy fifth birthday, jackson

i keep thinking about this moment
from the day jackson was born:

after some time in the recovery room
where i cried for so long
i thought i had no tears left to fall-

it was finally time to meet you

a couple nurses wheeled the bed around
just in time for me to catch a glimpse
of you coming toward me

as i was settled into the hospital bed
two nurses with big smiles
handed you to me like the gift you were

and i wept

and wept

and whispered prayers of thanks
to our Creator
for this gift

as i wiped my eyes
i caught the nurses quickly dabbing theirs eyes as well

it's still a vivid memory
even five years later



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