2023 AWAKENING xiv

  1. spring moon —
    full baby bottle rolling
    on the kitchen floor
  2. hellish heat
    feverish baby
    gets swiped
  3. spring mudslide–
    cranky baby
    poops on mum
  4. sleeping baby
    strapped tight into mum’s shoulders
    full moon
  5. full moon–
    newborn strolls
    through the living room
  6. NICU concert–
    are crying

*NICU neonatal intensive care unit

  1. baby farts
    flying with gusto…
    spring breeze
  2. scarlet baby
    bathed in tears
    red sun
  3. hot sunrise
    baby’s warmth
  4. dying without
    ever taking a breath…
    blue baby

*Blue Baby Syndrome

  1. day thunder
    the sound of baby farts
    not seen


  1. moonlight
    dried milk lingers
    on my blouse
  2. lunar stages
    expectant belly
    that swells
  3. spring rain
    a shredder devours
    baby names
  4. a doodling
    of baby names
    steady rain
  5. moon at dawn
    expectant mother pulls it off…
    summer robe
  6. doing what she can
    to shrink her belly…
    bruised plum
  7. cumulus clouds–
    expectant mothers lined up
  8. summer sunset
    baby inside mother’s belly
  9. the warm weight
    of the expectant child
    summer sunset
  10. moon-gazing
    the changing phases
    of the expectant belly


  1. oatmeal…
    help yourself
    to the spring snow in my bowl
  2. bread dough–
    every child
    makes its own cloud
  3. sewing a fistful
    of sunshine…
    mum’s yellow scarf
  4. a fistful
    of squeezed sunshine…
    mum’s yellow scarf
  1. thick moonlight–
    expectant mother busy
  2. shooting stars
    milk drops’ pace
    down the bottle
  1. full moon…
    expectant mother caresses
    her expanding belly
  2. deep winter
    husband hears me
    ordering tombstone
  1. sweeping expectant mother off
    swollen feet…
    tilted moon
  2. rice-planting mother
    baby on her back sleeps…
    tiled moon


  1. full moon
    the baby sucks
    at mum’s breast
  2. thick fog–
    playing with her snot
    fussy baby
  3. baby formula
    a peak of snow mountain lasts
    for less than a minute
  4. baby formula
    at its peak
    snow mountain
  5. a quick look
    at cloud peaks…
    boiling milk
  6. cloth diapers
    peaks of clouds
    being piled up
  7. baby nappies bundled up in a scrap of cloud
  8. drying nappies
    as if taking a trip
    to billowing clouds
  9. fallen nappies–
    how quickly clouds
  10. billowing clouds…
    there’s no escape
    drying nappies