Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Weekly Writing: Samuel


Samuel Alexander
a fetus,
spina bifida.
Would not make it
at birth.
Bruner's gentle
hands came
to save
the unknown life.
Perform C-section,
slowly pull out
the womb.
Small incision.
Work miracles
and bring back
a chance for new life.
Bruner's hands fix
all that is broken.
Womb shakes,
though no one
has touched it.
Tiny hand
slips out
into a world
he will learn
to know.
Bruner's one finger,
consoles twenty-one
week old
as he clasped
his fingers
around hope.

Link to the famous photograph of the surgery taken by Michael Clancy below. Warning: the photograph is not censored. 

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