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No One Came To Visit

A true story

No one came with flowers
no one came with pink
balloons or candy
no one brought pink dresses
to fit a new born –

Mother, she knew

No one believed
or wanted to see a child
who entered this world
a little over a pound –

medical men told her,
“She won’t survive the

Mother, she knew –
she knew when two men
knew only one – but
knew of the other
one man sat to her right
one man to her left.

These visitors did not
bring balloons or candy
or a pink dress for their
new grand daughter –

a baby who would fit into
their palm –
a baby with tubes in
temples –
a body to small and
needles too large

both men died before
the birth of her child

her father spoke to her,
her father in law
listened. . .

“Don’t worry she will
survive and make you

Medical men entered
her room and mother

Medical men warned
her – “Babies this small
do not survive.” –

Mother, she knew –

Daddy entered her room
she smiled.
told him their little girl
would survive

he pulled a chair up to her
bed, held her hand, and
listened. . .

He probably smiled back
he must have warned her
to face the truth –

mother, stubborn,
she believed.

A few days passed,
the medical men told her
again –

a week went by, and she
smiled –

two weeks, the medical
men stopped talking of
death –

Mother peered through

glass at her baby –
lying inside a metal box –

inside with tubes and monitors
with no one to touch a child’s
grey skin.

She watched as a chest
was forced to expand

she prayed to herself –
she waved good bye –
thanking the Medical men –

telling them she would be back
every day – to watch a child
who barely opened her eyes.

There was no touching,
or cuddles, no wrapping
of tiny fingers around her own,
no legs kicking, or laughing
when a child yawned, thinking
it was a smile

no one talked about their
little girl –

no one asked about the color
or her hair – her eyes or her

no one asked if she looked
like mother or father . . .
no one talked.

Mother, she believed.

Every day – from summers
end into dead leaves of fall
onto ice on city walks,
she walked up a hill
to the hospital to stare
through glass –

her walk home – eyes filled
with tears, she recited an
Irish prayer.

Every day after work
father walked up the hill
to stare at his child he
could not hold –

laying naked inside a metal
bed with tubes still
attached to her forehead.

He watched as nurses
tapped the soles of her
feet – to keep her awake
to suck on a miniature
bottle – she began to eat . . .

It was the day before
Christmas – a snow
filled sky – when news
arrived – she could come

Three months and ten
days after her birth
she weighed five pounds –

nurses wrapped her
in tiny booties
a white undershirt
a small pink dress – now
snuggled up inside pink

with open arms – mother
held her little girl
peered into her open eyes
pinched her little hands
and feet.

Mother, she knew

On Christmas day inside a
neighbor’s car they brought
their little girl home.

Mother looked at my father
and said, “I told you so,
she would survive.”

It was beneath their
Christmas tree – laying
inside a red wagon –

my older brother next to me
a red bow tied around my
forehead –

Christmas and I finally
made it home.

Mother, she knew.

Nancy Duci Denofio – all rights reserved @2011

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