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Heartbound

outside this hospital room
impatient strangers with empty arms
and a new name

inside
me
my belly a cavern

you
a curled pink koru
in a plastic pod

your first breath a feather floating
a dandelion clock drifting
your first cry a bruise

empty-armed strangers waiting

me
my arms a cradle
you
a koru unfurling

my breast a refrigerator
your mouth foraging

your eyes a mirror
your scallop fists on my fingers
a manacle grip

the empty-armed strangers turn away

and inside this shell
you and me

heartbound