Lulled in blood and tissue
the child sleeps in nutrients,
grows in layers prophesied
in mitochondria, in nuclei,
in cells growing and dividing
into a life evolving from strata
younger than the extinction
of unknowable worlds. Bone
and gristle, minerals and collagen,
glistening pink skin, all fed by
the cord of life.
la madre protegge
Her voice is his first sound,
her eyes his first love.
Her walk is his, her hands
Approval, acceptance is the air
the child breathes.
la madre insegna
The sky is high, the world
is wide with many unreachables
yearning to be reached, with people
dancing undanceable steps, but
all, he is learning, are doable arts
and his time has come,
protected and taught, his life’s alloy.
i rilasci madre
Prompt courtesy of R. A. Villanueva on Found Poetry Review. It was quite a complex prompt including specific requirements (suggestions) including incorporating a different language, using a phrase from this text, and watching a video he posted as inspiration, among other things. All of the specifics of the prompt can be found here.
I was really challenged by this prompt. The video was especially inspiring and is the key to my poem. The text I have in bold is a partial phrase I took from the required text and I chose Italian as my second language because, well, Italy is my dream home.
Anyway, big thanks to R.A. For this experience. The poem is a little rough around the edges but I’m pretty satisfied. Also, please excuse the wonky formatting as WordPress isn’t cooperating very well tonight and now it’s past midnight so I’m a bit late posting. Hopefully, I can fix the formatting tomorrow.
*Update: Formatting fixed!