Sunrise at Goodwater

Newest daughter

born last night

with help from no one but me

We are far too high on the mountain

for midwives or witches.

The youngest of a long line of family

who came from Scotland to Pennsylvania to Georgia

to Alabama

Always hoping to be able to tell the next generation

You will always have food on the table

You and your children and grandchildren will live long lives.

No one will ever take your home.

You will always live in peace.

Newest daughter

born last night

with help from no one but me
I cannot promise you that

You will always have food on the table.

You and your children and grandchildren will live long lives.

No one will ever take your home.

You will always live in peace.

But I can give you this moment of quiet before the dawn

And this song to remind you 

Of your first morning with the stars and the Earth and the sun.

They are all you or anyone will ever truly have. 

Always remember their loving sound when all around you is cacophony.

And that they are magnificent. 

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