For Juliet

We are going to have another baby girl, Juliet. She is due December 1st, 2009.

This is for her:

A gentle quiet descends upon the house

the still air stirs softly

and all the remote sounds of the city seem magically

compressed and muted

as if this

was the center

of the universe.

I am in the belly of the beast

the eye of the hurricane

the navel of the world

where all existence turns

to listen

to the faint yet steady heartbeat

of hope.

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