Poems & Essays

21 Dec

The Ultrasound

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Like an astronomer
discovering a galaxy,
I study the pattern
spiraling in your body,
celestial and mysterious.
Trembling at the universe
projected on the screen,
I squeeze your hand
my breath catching
two balls of cells,
tinier than lentils
floating in a halo
of tissue and nutrients
like a pair of distant stars,
heartbeats thrumming.
Nascent buds
flick beams of energy
across bands of light—a duet
illumining your journey,
like the one I took with you
thirty three years ago,
in the blink of a heartbeat.


Sara Wenger has been published in Highlights for Children, Montana Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She is an MFA student in poetry at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. and new to submitting her work. About to become a first-time grandmother, she was inspired to write this poem after accompanying her daughter to an early ultrasound appointment.

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  1. Cynthia Wikler

    December 23, 2015 at 5:20 am

    A touching poem. Can’t wait to hear more of your work.


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