Poem for my sister on the birth of her daughter

As I was getting drunk last night
You were pacing the floor.
I, among strangers in my foreign home,
Cracked dirty jokes and opened another one
While you were cautious and quiet and waiting
Until your next contraction.
And as I put the wine away
And our guests said goodnight,
You knew the time had come.
You took a wild ride to the florescent lights,
And at the moment your life changed forever,
I was dreaming of all my teeth falling out.

(April 8, 2012)

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