Fairy godmother

Beneath your ribs
the snail shell curl
of a baby girl,
a spiral unfolding
a forest fern
a slow awakening of spirit in flesh.

Her name is decided
her bed is made
the clothes are packed on shelves
the date has been set.

My gift is hidden
under her pillow,
a wish for uncertainty,
a promise
that there will be questions.

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2 Responses to “Fairy godmother”


  1. 1 John Stevens April 22, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I’ve been reading and rereading. It’s a beautiful and intriguing poem, Kalila. The first stanza struck me as lovely, with imaginative and delightful imagery. The second also delightful and more direct. Then the surprise strikes in the third!

  2. 2 John Stevens May 11, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Revisiting and rereading with renewed pleasure.


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