Equivocal Cartagraphies

but a moment in the holocene epoch

 

novem­ber · 1982 · two degrees below zero · cold hos­pi­tal · white walls · some­thing green · or so imag­ined · birth canal · past the crown · umbil­i­cal chord makes a noose · pur­ple child · black hair · gen­tle wind · gen­tle child · pur­ple child · small child · brown-eyed child · wet child · hands with fin­gers · feet with toes · child must breathe · child does breathe · moth­er lat­er reports a com­pli­cat­ed yet sim­ple birth · body is hard­ened · made to lay flat · child sleeps.