We were both surprised
you’ll be lucky said the agent
Christmas eve ….. “must have been a cancellation.”
In the arrivals hall my mother was delighted
truth knew it was about yesterday, not today –
the birth of a grandchild.
We swung by the hospital
sister –in – law and new neice – brand new
only, hours old babies and first-time mothers.
a group of burly men
uncorporate, untailored, unairbrushed
skipping the Christmas booze up,
to deliver soft new toys,
to soft new arrivals.