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the baby in your arms blue,
newly dead in the Boston Hospital.
You, riding up to greet the mother
that wants to hold the baby
You, blow-drying it to give it warmth
to feel more real, alive in the mother’s arms.
You, the social worker, with the strength of
a mother, separated wife,
and cancer survivor.
You, blow-drying your own new hair,
giving it warmth
before you greet the elementary school students,
the traumatized ones
that survived the shootings, the ones
you will help today.