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I knew you before you were,
before you became,
before you knew yourself.
We have been always together,
dancing in primordial oceans.
We cling to one another
in that visceral world,
where lives are dispatched
upon primeval waves.

You move to the inside of me,
clinging and mewling,
kneading and kicking,
suckling and crying.
Drinking of my life,
sharing in my soul,
supping on my memories.

As you learn to become
you take pieces of me.
I see my frown
and that look which devastates.
Strawberry hair and brown freckles.
My strength and my wisdom,
all of my fragility and worry.

You move to the outside of me,
clamoring toward the light,
swimming toward the air,
through a gapping, aching chasm
at the end of myself.
And you are manifest in flesh.
Singular now,
you shed your before-life,
finally detaching from me.

But never really gone,
never really apart.
I carry you with me
in the bosom of my heart,
sheltered from slings and arrows,
my soul a safe refuge
for your constant love.

Every day you save my life.
My fine and faithful friend.


children, friendship, pregnancy


  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizabout 4 years ago

    this is beautiful!

  • Thank you Helene. Thank you for reading my stuff, it’s a thrill for me every time I see that you’ve commented! Hope you are well!

    – kathibook

  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlaterabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you Alan. Appreciate the time you spent reading my piece. Written for a challenge where ‘friend’ was the impetus. I’m so happy you liked it!

    – kathibook

  • Fender
    Fenderabout 4 years ago

    Brought a tear…Tu as bien fait!

  • Merci! Merci! Merci, mon ami!
    Fender is the father of our ginger haired boy! He can vouch that immediately after Jeremy was born I threw up an entire box of Smarties!!! lol

    – kathibook

  • Junior Mclean
    Junior Mcleanabout 4 years ago

    Nice photo!!

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerabout 4 years ago

    excellent wonderful, where do all these fine thoughts come from..? I admire how people can write like this.. ..from the secret and hidden well of the creative Gods you must have visited and drawn from it’s mystical waters..well done.

  • That’s the place I try to get to when I write….same place you paint from! Thank you always for your support dear friend.

    – kathibook

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroabout 4 years ago

    this is so beautiful….can’t get anymore personal or intimate…lovely. xo

  • Thank you cosimo. Yes….my son did find it a tad intimate!….lol I always appreciate your lovely comments!

    – kathibook

  • en-joy
    en-joyabout 4 years ago

    Just fantastic!

  • Much thanks en-joy! Love to see new people reading my work! I appreciate the time you’ve taken! I will stop by your pages as well.

    – kathibook

  • Lozzar Flowers & Art
    Lozzar Flowers...almost 4 years ago

    Very beautiful photograph and writing of the entertwining of life.

  • kathibook
    kathibookalmost 4 years ago

    Thanks lozzar! Must admit….not my photo….the writing was for a challenge & needed an image. But I’m glad you like it….and the writing too.

  • Gregory John O'Flaherty
    Gregory John O...almost 4 years ago

    Nice one !

  • Thank you for reading my piece! I appreciate the comment.

    – kathibook

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