a plus sign +

april 15, 2022

to this embryo:

you are in here. 
you are real!
i hope i get to meet you. 

that doesn't sound desperate enough

i pray, i beg, 
let me meet you.

i hope you graduate to a fetus and 
kick my ribs and 
keep me up at night and
give me new stretch marks and 
make me walk weird

i hope you give me heartburn
i hope you make my face chubby
i hope you grow so big that people start asking me, "are you sure there's only one in there!?"

please little embryo
please don't give up. 
please match up your chromosomes in 23 perfect pairs
23 and me

please multiply billions of cells today
the next 36 weeks

please, please grow. 
i'll keep you safe in there, i promise
i'm your mama, i promise i'll keep you safe
just stay with me tiny sprout

please don't give up
please don't give up
please don't give up