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the Sweetest Thing (or Requiem for a Newborn)

by Michele Schottelkorb

with eyes that span the Cosmos

her body made of star-stuff

ocean blue; cerulean baby

steals me with preternatural smiles


I wonder to my parsimonious self

what blessed creature took pity on

a melancholy quintessence like I

and bestowed this child whose

one fatal look leads to

the entrance of her unique, unconditional love?


add one plus one to this broken heart

create a whole through mended wraiths

beauteous cherub with snow white skin

hair of falling embers

her coo a requiem for a new beginning

(but of course I would go dark, you knew that I would

for in darkness there is light…)


my breath quiets to inhale her giggle


commence the closure of painful generation

we waited just a lifetime for this final kiss

and it was worth the wait to know

this child like no other ever shall

the fortunate parents we be,

someone must have felt

we deserved something good

(my gods we needed something good…)


the sweetest thing I ever saw was

my rarest little dodo bird

affection sweet shall bear that name

not for dunce hood or simpleton

but for the extraordinary depths you can fall into her essence

and something special this one shares

the intensity pulls the roots from the trees

electrifies each inimitable leaf

until you just know there’s something exceptional there…


in one fell swoop her gift to me can not be

repaid in anything but devotion deep as ocean seeps

the ramblings on are all I have to give

for words will never be enough…


for words will never be enough…


for Zoey


Author's Note: Carl Sagan wrote and spoke of the cosmos and star-stuff I truly believe, without his knowledge, he was speaking directly of my little Zoey Who truly is the Sweetest Thing I have ever seen I do not know where my faith lies, but I do know this I have have been blessed by this nearly perfect baby And I am so very fortunate I have not written in a very long time... This is not tight, concise or well done, but this is so how I feel right now... The ramblings and run-on sentences of a mother who is so in love with her new baby... Thank you, my Zoey, for making me a mother again... I pray I deserve you...

Posted on 10/12/2005
Copyright © 2022 Michele Schottelkorb

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 10/13/05 at 05:06 PM

This is really sweet Michele, and who can argue or outdo a mother's love? Writing stops and starts with various events in our lives. The length of in-betweens matter not, except in what images and emotions they collect for when their holder is ready to express again. One suggestion though: you might want to replace the word Requiem in the title, as it usually relates to death and funerals. I'm sure that's not what you had in mind for your new baby. God bless. :o)

Posted by Graeme Fielden on 10/14/05 at 04:29 AM

This is a wonderful collection of thoughts and words, Michelle, inspired by a unique and special gift...It's really nice to see you're back! :)

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 10/14/05 at 11:45 AM

God bless Zoey, God bless Michele and God bless this poem, and hurry God, the time when its dear dear subject can read it and know what a wonderful poet and human being her mom is.

Posted by Christina Bruno on 10/15/05 at 12:44 AM

i absolutely love karl sagan's book the "cosmos"...a gorgeous piece. babies are so wonderful and you do so deserve her

Posted by Max Bouillet on 12/04/05 at 04:28 PM

This verse, more than most, makes me realize the connections we have to the cosmos. The interconnectivity between us and the god/goddess/spirit/force. This poem helps me keep things in perspective, thans for sharing.

Posted by Ginette T Belle on 12/13/05 at 08:25 PM

wow, what beautiful expressions...it makes me want to have a child of my own to experience this same feeling

Posted by Genevieve Sturrock on 04/08/08 at 12:45 PM

random member favorite today - 4/08/08 wow! beautiful. been a while since my babies were babies, thanks for this.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 03/16/09 at 02:47 PM

This is such a sweet, loving poem. you should print it out and frame it and put it in Zoey's room! A very hearttfelt write- thanks for sharing.

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