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

To My Unborn Child

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On your second month abiding in my
Body, I wonder what you will think of
Your mother, a multi-mooded woman
Who walks in evening woods and thinks of you,
And gives you a view from the arching bridge
Over the Hudson River: two tree rows

Surrounding its green, straight-skirted water,
Further on, a curve to calm still, summer
Night, while liquid tracks from teal mallards trail
The flocks home. The willow grins, the bullfrog
Bellows, and everywhere, energy reigns.
It seems the forest damns the end of day
In cries of feathers; I hug that cry of sleepless night birds.

Katherine M. Gotthardt, 1997
Originally Published in Yankee Magazine

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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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