First Night By the Baby Monitor

for Zippy--she'll be fine.

Daughter, in pitch black, two shapes:
the thick, blurry line of night
doing what it does, coldsucking
tender flesh from your every fingertip;
but beside it, the warm gray triangle,
furred, melting, that somewhere
contains you, sleeping.

photograph by Vanna


Kerri. said...

I love this, Kate. Love.

Kate Horowitz said...


Can't really tell you how much your letters to BSparl have moved me. I wish every mom and dad could be as loving as you and CSparl. With your doting powers combined, this is going to be one badass kid.

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