Momentarily Mom

(for "Leah")

Little Sweet One

Mine for one inexplicable instant

Hovering over my upturned palm

Like a distracted hummingbird

Pausing on the journey

From your first mother to your forever mom

The absence of you

Is tangible in my now empty arms

And I wonder whether you will recognize the songs

I sang to you

If you should ever happen to hear them again

And I wonder whether you still carry the name

I gave to you

Or if, like the umbilical stump

That fell off in my hand,

It has been cast aside-

Another relic left you by a woman

No longer your mother