let me hold you longer

“We have this perception that life is long, but it’s not true. It’s a perception. Life is short and it moves fast.” ~ Paul Aspen

Dear Little One,

These days I often feel on the verge
of an eternity
called motherhood,
about to be overwhelmed
by a new identity
consuming me.

{photo by Jordan Aspen}

{photo by Jordan Aspen}

The path seems long and arduous,
but in reality
life is short and it moves fast.

I don’t want to miss yours.

This new identity of motherhood
will not negate the other facets
of who I am.

I am a wife,
a writer and a poet,
an entrepreneur...

And I am a mother — your mother.

{photo by Mojca Žove (Mars)}

I’ve known you since the moment your life began.
You are a part of mine and I love it.
You come with me everywhere, on all my adventures.

Your kicks make me smile as I type
and seeing evidence of your growth brings smiles
to so many faces of friends, family, and colleagues.

I don’t want that to change after you’re born.

{photo by Nicholas Doyle}

{photo by Nicholas Doyle}

I welcome you into my life —
your presence in my body now
as you grow strong enough to survive the outside world
and your presence against my body soon
as you grow confident to explore the outside world.
Because I know that one day my wish will be,
“Let me hold you longer.”

{photo by Jordan Aspen}

{photo by Jordan Aspen}

Inspired by Sakura Bloom's Sling Diary prompt: perception.