Hiccup and Coo

The world is fuzzing sound;
blurred by brand-new sensation
as you learn and
grow and
stretch,
day by day.

Body wracked by hiccups,
feeding and pooping and
farting and burping.
Bodily functions endear at this early age;
each one a victory worthy of celebration.

We wait for you to wake, though
you find the most solace in sleep.
You are a cooing gift
we were happy to
receive.

by Erik Shinker

Age

Comfort in an engulfing valley.
Closeness, with the option of escape.
Warmth, with the choice of
chilliness to cool down.

Laughter, from
the belly of an aging man is
no less joyous a sound than
a baby’s cooing giggle.

Curled into a
fetal ball of safety; the
protective separation of
isolated existence.

Nothing can be
taken away when it
has already been
sacrificed for another.

by Erik Shinker