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Jayne Jaudon Ferrer


momentarily mute,
lies the fusion of
yin and yang.
His curiosity,
her creativity.
His thick blonde curls,
Her glossy dark mane.
Their ability to look beyond
work schedules and world events
and home repairs and lockdowns
and illness and investments
and life
culminating in this
seven-pound amalgamation
of love.
She who has just left God
gazes up with complacent candor
at those who have waited so fervently,
so excitedly,
so long.
Such a big void
for so tiny a soul to fill!
Our hearts latch on,
lay claim,
gush love.

A variation of this poem appears in Dancing with My Daughter:
Poems of Love, Wisdom, and Dreams
(Loyola Press).
Used with permission.


Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is the author of five books of poetry, a nonfiction book about games, and a novel, Hayley and the Hot Flashes. Jayne created in 2009 to share the pleasure and diversity of poetry. A former copywriter, magazine editor, newspaper columnist, and freelance journalist, her work has appeared in hundreds of publications. When not writing or reading, Jayne enjoys music, old movies, gardening, hiking, and good conversation. A native Floridian, she has lived in Greenville, South Carolina, for almost 30 years. Learn more about her at




Post New Comment:
beautiful. thank you.
Posted 10/27/2020 11:25 AM
Shoshauna Shy:
Such a beautiful poem for a beautiful blessing, Jayne!
Posted 10/24/2020 09:50 PM
So very beautiful....
Posted 10/24/2020 08:29 PM
Larry Schug:
I love the child's "complacent candor" and the lines "such a big void for so tiny a soul to fill". Both say so much about al of us than do the mere words. The beauty of poetry and the beauty of birth! I'm happy for you!
Posted 10/24/2020 02:21 PM
Congratulations and welcome! It is an act of hope, especially these days, to bring a baby into the world, and it warms my soul to read this.
Posted 10/24/2020 02:03 PM
Lovely! Congratulations!
Posted 10/24/2020 11:10 AM
So beautiful and moving--celebratory! Made me smile.
Posted 10/24/2020 10:20 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love all of your poems Jayne. But this poem is a gift as well as your darling grandchild. You've captured the feelings of many of us grandparents, cheered up us shut-ins and brought hope to those with no hope. Thank you.
Posted 10/24/2020 10:07 AM
michael escoubas:
Congratulations Jayne! This poem is fresh as dew shimmering in morning sun. "Gift" captures the scene perfectly.
Posted 10/24/2020 09:36 AM
Wonderful warmhearted poem. Hope really does spring eternal, right from the miracle of birth.
Posted 10/24/2020 09:34 AM
Our second great-grandson arrived this month. You poem expresses our thoughts.
Posted 10/24/2020 08:44 AM
Stephen Anderson:
What a wonderful gift to you in these tough times, Jayne! A lovely and fitting poem to boot.
Posted 10/24/2020 08:17 AM
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