this is love, for giovanna

Today marks eight months of life for my sweet baby girl (pictured above, chewing on a nectarine under close supervision). She is going to be one year old any day now. At least this is how I feel. Months pass by in a matter of moments.

But since she is a baby today and I want to revel in the deliciousness of new motherhood, I wrote a poem about it. Dedicated to my daughter, Giovanna. Not that I regularly write poetry, but I wish I did. So perhaps it’s time that I start.

Here it is, my heart on my sleeve.

This is love, For Giovanna

This is


At first meeting I knew

This is


From the womb to the breast

For comfort




This is


We are separate bodies

Separate souls

But overlapping.

A reflection

A dream

A reality.

The unknowing giver of


And fulfillment

And untainted,




Sheer amazement,

Utter fear.

The reason to


From baby

To girl

To woman.

Like my mother,

Like your mother,

Like you.


  1. This is so beautiful, so deeply felt. Giovanna (I *love* her name by the way) is adorable, and your poem truly captures that unbreakable maternal bond. I hope you do write more poetry in the future, as I for one look forward to reading it 🙂


  2. Wonderful poem. Poetry is great for capturing awe inspiring thoughts in so few words. I love the line about being separate people but overlapping. I feel this way about my children all the time. Now, as they’re growing older, I am letting go of them a little bit at a time, everyday. Nice to know that a part of me goes with them, and no matter how old they get, they’ll always have me.


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