Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A CHILD IS BORN, by EDWARD RALPH CHEYNEY

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A CHILD IS BORN, by                    
First Line: Now the appointed time has come
Last Line: But on for those we bring to birth!
Alternate Author Name(s): Cheyney, Ralph
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery

Now the appointed time has come
When your young body is the drum
On which is pounded martyrdom.

Now when you are isolate
Through you all future times create.
You are the bridge. You are the gate.

While I who shared the amorous tang
Cannot assume your easiest pang . . .

And when this crumpled petal Puck
First quivers close and you give suck,
My heart's a bell you both have struck.

These most incredible, wee hands
Must not be brusied by trade's demands --
They are as soft as cornsilk strands;

This cheek be safe from any sting --
Now soft as baby owlet wing;
This mouth find life a tune to sing.

For just ourselves it's little worth
To storm Bastilles throughout the earth --
But on for those we bring to birth!

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