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Poetry in Pediatrics
July 2011

The Newborn

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(7):596. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.101

When the you of you
looked straight at the me of me
with your newborn violet eyes
I felt seen for the first time—
your gaze, unclouded, vanquished each of my kingdoms—
the brightness, loneliness, the private inner worlds.
My life starts anew, I thought,
rocked by your gaze, those violet eyes that somehow saw
the me of me.