Oh the strange vigils of late pregnancy
when losing the battle between hunger and heartburn
means staying awake for the long haul
shuffling position in bed
and crunching tums like candy
Then taking long showers past midnight
and finally giving in to chocolate cake
to appease that nocturnal belly beast
who jealously demands spoils
the way a dragon demands treasure
Only in this strange vigil of late pregnancy
would I be submitting poems to a prairie newspaper
at this ungodly hour
while eating plain yogurt with maple syrup
and sipping warm almond milk
to get sleepy
I wonder if I should go stare at the moon
with the ravenous racoons
who prowl my back yard
or stay inside and pray
cause it seems—
after the craziness of the day with kids—
that in this quiet moment
God wants to hang out
keeping me company in this sleepy solitude
as we wait together for the dawn of birth
4 thoughts on “On 2 am Poetry (and Chocolate Cake)”
Oh, I LOVE this!! How many memories comes rushing straight to mind! How much longer do you have??
Thanks, Sasha. I’ve got a month and a day to go, but I’m usually a bit early. October 13th is he official due date…getting there! I’ll be so glad to meet this baby.
I was three weeks early with my son and had absolutely nothing ready for his arrival! I am so excited of you!!!
Thank you…I have to pull out the baby clothes and get some new born diapers soon!