Honea Path, SC USA
Love has a Name
I can recall with perfect clarity
Each time we made love.
The first time rang with magic
The feeling of oneness
Our bodies and souls combining
To create the person who would be our child.
I had never felt so close to you
As I did the first time I heard his heartbeat.
Nor loved you as much as when you saw our child’s head for the first time.
I felt a stab of envy and asked you to describe it.
Your voice, exploding with awe and wonder, exclaimed
“I can’t, everything’s purple!”
The joy in your eyes, the love that filled my soul.
I never thought it would end.
Not a year later, we sat in the bathroom together
Anxiously awaiting the test results.
Is it positive?
Would our home be filled with the cries of two?
A blue stick.
The end result of the dream that was our loving.
Another blessing for our family.
You stood by me, watching
As my body grew with your child,
My face glowing from your gift.
Midnight runs for watermelons
Jewels to make me smile
Laughing at my pregnant outbursts
You were great through it all.
You held my hand and rubbed my back
Cheered me on through my labor
Offering your hand to squeeze
When the pain was unbearable.
That was years ago.
Things have changed
Our marriage has ended.
Looking back, it’s hard to remember we were ever in love.
But we were, the proof lives on.
We named them Philip and Nicholas.