The winning entry in our poetry competition

Rhythm

By Claire Roberts

Baited breath, positive test, disbelief, elation.

Sheer exhaustion, first kick, growing fast, bump.

First signs, stop start, gentle climb, rotation.

Focussed breath, swaying hips, kind words, faith.

Opening up, bearing down, letting go, dilation.

Pushing through, untold strength, here she is, joy.

Skin to skin, first touch, disbelief, elation

Sheer exhaustion, deep love, growing fast, life.

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