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"First she burst my bubble, 
then she said goodbye."
So the dream mother 
introduces my daughter to me.

Nameless, she plays in the sandbox,
digging up dirt even as a toddler.
Here is where I know her first:
Before her hospital cry;
before the bloody show.

I ask the dream mother what it was like
giving birth to the tot I do not yet know.

Her response leaves me in a cold sweat –

Now, too late to change direction:
her birth inevitable, as the goodbye.

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  1. Date: 10/5/2012 5:48:00 PM
    So this is where it all started? This was impressive.

  1. Date: 3/11/2009 2:41:00 PM
    Congratulations on your excellent poetry being featured this week. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/11/2009 9:52:00 AM
    Congrats Irene on "Introduction" being featured this week on Poetry soup. Vince

  1. Date: 3/9/2009 4:34:00 PM
    This is either a very sad tribute to the loss of a child and/or a comment on pregancy or, then again, maybe all just imaginary ... smile ... it touches me even though I'm not sure and is a well-deserved selection to be a feature here at the Soup this week. Congratulations, Irene

  1. Date: 3/9/2009 11:12:00 AM
    Irene - Congratulations on your poem being featured this week! Very well deserved. Peace always, John

  1. Date: 3/9/2009 6:27:00 AM
    Congratulations on your wonderful poetry being featured this week! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 3/8/2009 7:49:00 PM
    Irene Congratulations on having your poetry featured this week – God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 3/8/2009 6:20:00 PM
    Much to think about in this poem. Congratulations on having it featured. Wishing you continued success with your writing. Karen