Joanna Gilman Hyde

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Tag: water birth

OCTOBER 15th, 1994

The Hawk West Desk Window 7:54am

She grew up like magic

born yesterday

in an inflatable tub

My Darling Gubba – Goo

turned into A Woman

before I realized My Own

Womanhood

HOMESPUN

The Hawk West Desk Window 10:00pm

My Daughter was born

into a pool of water

and lifted up

like Venus Rising

with a beauty from another world

Eliza’s Out Now

at a drinking party

showing off reindeer sweaters:

She’s in one from Me

and Her Boyfriend’s in one

knitted by My Mother

for Her High School Sweetheart

 

WEEKEND BABIES

October 7, 2012, The Hawk West Desk Window 10:22pm

Both My Children were born

weekend babies —

Peter, deprived of oxygen

at supper time on a Sunday

two days after Christmas

Eliza into a pool of regulated water

at 9:04 on a Saturday Night

smack in the middle of October

Both are grown now

Their official Childhoods over

yet They play — and work:

Peak in His Darkroom Camper

Gub at University, running

Both take Their Play — and work — very seriously

It is Their hard-won achievement

and You can imagine how proud of Them I am

ELIZA TIME

The Hawk Deck 4:30pm

Twenty Years Ago

I wrote in a hospital:

“I CREATED MY SELF

BUT I GIVE GOD

THE CREDIT”

(Then I got intentionally pregnant)

Now I Say:

“I MADE UP MY DAUGHTER —

I PLANNED HER

TO BE A WOMAN WHO

CAN DO

ANYTHING

(and SHE HAS TO BE BEAUTIFUL)”

Eliza, born into water

came out

P-E-R-F-E-C-T

(& God had nothing to do with it)

ELIZA HAEGHAERT HYDE

The Hawk Portico 1:15pm

On A Day Like Lovely Today

Eighteen Years Ago

I Laboured All Day

With My Daughter

Who Was Hardly A Labour

Born Into An Inflatable Pool

@ 9:04 That Night:

She Came Out PERFECT