Advice from an Old Woman I Met on the Road
The retired midwife stamped
Her cane to end each sentence.
Never! We never named a baby
Before we heard its lusty cries!
Now – there is no mystery,
no sense any more of proper order!
Nobody seems to worry, or recall
That an unmet desire – a gasp – for air
Is the first stop before limbo
And the last one before hell.
Written by Marcy Erb of Illustrated Poetry