Life Begins

by Stephanie Elias

I am almost 29 years old but I only came to life about eight months ago. They cut me open, and out spilled my change of direction. I felt this enormous wave of responsibility, but the warmth of love and happiness washed this away. I gazed for the first time with renewed vision. I shut my eyes as salt water pools welled up in the corners and I contemplated a stark new realisation. As I held those tiny fingers, they clamped around my thumb, a mother’s thumb.


Stephanie Elias lives and works in Leicester. She is married to James with a baby daughter, Jessica. She is a frustrated poet/writer whose ambition is to have the time to write well. Her motto is "You only get one chance at this life - grab it with both hands and make it everything it can be."


DAL ART said...

"..and out spilled my change of direction." Wow, what a great description Stephanie!
That happened to me at age 29 but it was more like flicking a little game board spinner that couldn't make up its mind on which way to go and now those tiny fingers look like they belong to the Iron Giant - but my heart still overflows with love when I see him.

austere said...

tremendous first line, quite wish-i'd-thought-of that, that one.

completly enjoyed the layers this works at, this ressurection.

Quin said...

so nicely done. those fingers that make you realise you are a universe to someone.

Madam Z said...

What a lovely way to express this life-changing event. You and that sweet baby are the most important person in the world to one another.

G said...

Very powerful. So glad to see you on here.