12 Weeks Along

Umbilical-Collage by Miya Turnball

Umbilical-Collage by Miya Turnbull

There you are
with your comma-shaped body
your ball-point eyes
your scotch tape skin
your paperclip limbs
I put a yellow sticky-note on my belly
our first game of Hide
and Seek

Don’t peek, little baby

You’re not ready for this world yet
I haven’t bought you
any onesies
You’d been chilly, naked baby
so float on
like a little mitochondrion
double membrane
liquid buffer
I wish I had
a periscope
to see in your cristae space
to crawl into your matrix

Someday soon
I’ll see you
grow right before my eyes
like the sea monkeys
at the back of the Archies
so happy, families
smiling bravely
with their crowns or
three-pronged heads
“So eager to please, they can even be trained”
the ad said.

I’d also like
the X-ray vision

glasses, to see through me
straight to you.

About Kristen Amiro

Kristen Amiro grew up in Pubnico, NS, and lives with her husband and two daughters in Dartmouth. Her poems have been published in Prairie Fire and The Nashwaak Review.

About Miya Turnbull

Miya Turnbull is a multi-disciplinary artist, working in a variety of mediums including mask making, painting, photography and animation. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Lethbridge in Alberta in the year 2000 and moved to Nova Scotia in 2002.  Miya has exhibited her artwork in solo and group shows across Canada since 1999. She has facilitated youth-oriented visual art workshops through schools and arts organizations in Nova Scotia since 2003. To see more of her artwork, please see her website.

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