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Birth day

Antiseptic corridors,
Weapon stacked trolleys,
Shoes that squeak.
Overworked midwives,
Morphine on tap,
Clipboards with crosses.

Soft nurturing belly,
Heartbeat of darkness,
Goodbye.
Screaming strip lights,
Rush of sweaty air,
Scarlet blood.

Snip. Splash.
Scrubbed sterile.
Hello baby.
Scrutinised, passed around,
Cooed at.
Then laid in a cot, alone.

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