Finlay’s Hours: ‘About Time’

 

A chronological collection of writing during my son’s first fortnight of life, in Neonatal ICU.

Elastic,
With the ability to snap quick
Forward or back, with
Agility, acrobatic,
Or inebriated slackness.

When I was winding my stopped watch forward,
I caught myself bordering on the ecstatic,
Watching the hands spin that quick
In agreement with my naïve tactic

To skip these weeks.
O’erleap days two three four five
Six seven eight nine
Ten eleven twelve thirteen
And fourteen,
Straight to that warm scene that I need to be seeing:
Me, him and her
Hospital leaving.

But days two three four five
Six seven eight nine
Ten eleven twelve thirteen
And fourteen,
Each need to be seen
Individually,
On their own terms.

And that’s what I’ve learned
About time, how it works,
How it makes every moment
Deserve to be heard.

-Unseen

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