Weaker than Water

"In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it." –Lao Tzu

The Early Child

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The Early Child


Were you perfect would I love you less?

I eye your ear, supple question mark,

but a mass where the dot should be, streak of scar

beneath the lobe where surgery takes it tax—

it seems monthly now—those horrific visits for healing,

clinically completing what my womb would not,

always a nightie and needle for forcing your sleep.


I have learned to look after each procedure,

worked at cementing my eyes to yours

even when bloody bandages prevent our

physical bond. My thoughts are always somewhere

on you—your head or mind or heart, and I wonder

what will be left when finally you heal?


Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt

Copyright July 17, 2004


Author: All Things Writing, LLC

Katherine Gotthardt is CEO of All Things Writing, LLC, a full-service content development and content marketing company. A published writer and seasoned educator, Katherine leads a team of professionals on a mission to make clients shine online and in print.

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