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Volume 2, Issue 2
Summer 2006:

The Waiting Room

Mary K. Lindberg

Cell 2 Soul. 2006 Summer; 2(2):a17

Wombs wait.
What can he see
beyond pubic hair,
stainless stirrups?

Flushed couple arrives
fresh from trying;
dreams light the darkened
corner where they sit.

He explores a moist cave
no child in sight,
no wrinkled babe
under his white coat.

More eager parents enter,
sperm and egg freshly spread;
ennui of a childless home
their greatest dread.

Sweet sweat speaks eloquently
of nature's honeyed web.
Can the doctor wake the
womb-seed, break

the spell of waiting?
Will he ask them to taste miracle fruit,
or send them home
with new hope to spawn their own?

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