a mothers prayer

watch him sleep
this man-child
beautiful long lashes
lay softly
on unblemished cheek
sweet pouting mouth
giggles with laughter
cries with fear
whispers
mommy, i love you
still suckles sometimes
while he dreams
time stops
while i watch
and ever so gently i
stroke his perfect brow
my heart aches to know
am i his blessing
as he is mine
and i know
every mothers prayer
is to hold on to this moment
forever
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