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He did not cry.

He tried to lift his head from my chest
and open his eyes to the brilliant world.

This was no extension of myself.
This was a life completely and wonderfully apart,
minutes cut from the umbilical cord,
yet eternally separate,
his alone.
And I, as Father, was merely steward.

My god what a change overcame the universe.
An existential miracle.
A material conversion.
The finite had become more wondrous than all your philosophies,
dear Bard.

Suddenly, there were no more principles, no more laws,
no more meanings than this:
my child, my wife, myself.

And I saw my life with eyes infinite in

Awakening © 1998 by Tobin James Mueller
"Ash" published by ArtsForge Press.
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