Fairy Godmother by Karin Andersen

POEM: Fairy godmother

A poem by Karin Andersen

BY KARIN ANDERSEN

Beneath your ribs
the snail shell curl
of a baby girl,
a spiral unfolding
a forest fern
a slow awakening of spirit in flesh.

Her name is decided
her bed is made
the clothes are packed on shelves
the date has been set.

My gift is hidden
under her pillow,
a wish for uncertainty,
a promise
that there will be questions.

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