Poems & Essays

22 Apr

Sweet William

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You were born hungry

and wiggly, wide-eyed

to the world,

a seven-pounder

swimming in air,



At two weeks

you dropped the cord.

Less than an arm’s length,

you filled the house with your roar –

already king

of a stuffed jungle.


You had every expression

with no connection.

Your days were measured

in ounces and hours.

You put up your hands to ward off sleep.

Every bottle was half-full.


You still have your new-human smell

and the deepest blue eyes.

In awe, I watch as you become.

You inspire me –

the greatest thing I’ve ever done.

Sweet William,

my son, my sun.


Maureen McElroy has a B.S. in English Education from Boston University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She taught English and Latin for five years before entering a career in real estate. She is the Owner of Jamaica Hill Realty in Boston. 

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