Last night Christmas Eve I was looking at an old book about baby massage, in which the author Frederick Leboyer speaks movingly about the separation anxiety that ensues after birth, with the baby no longer contained by the mother’s firm hold.

I went downstairs this morning to write something that had come out of dreams.

When I pulled back the curtain I saw through rapid turbulent clouds Ithe morning moon like a sloping (

Suddenly a poem came:

Christmas morning

Just one glimpse of the moon

in a moody mild sky

a dawn moon, last seventh,

a thinnest toenail leaning back;

and for a waning moon

surprisingly graceful, young, and bright

like a baby’s spine resting back

against the contractions of

his mother’s womb

© Kathy McVittie 25 December 2016

Frédérick Leboyer (1977) Loving hands: the traditional Indian art of baby massage. Collins, London

Postscript: Frédérick Leboyer died on 25 May 2107.

An obituary by Joanna Moorhead (The Guardian, 16 June 2017 issue) is here:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jun/15/frederick-leboyer-obituary

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