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Br J Gen Pract. 2007 July 1; 57(540): 590.
PMCID: PMC2099656

Heart sounds

For Niall

Uncoupled now

But for an umbilical cord

Tangled with promise

Still beating. In both directions.

Deliciously plump

Basted in vernix


As a young seal.

Compelled to protect you

Shield you from this new reality

Buffer the sensory onslaught

Swaddle you in the familiar.

Colostrum leaks

Drop by glistening drop

My heart taps out

Our muffled Morse:

Lub dub, lub dub, lub dub.

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