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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.
Diane Giardi, M.F.A. is an artist, poet, and Director of Education at East End Arts. Her work has been published in various Journals including The Yale Journal of Humanities in Medicine, The Endicott Review, The Wilderness House Literary Review, Kind of a Hurricane Press, The Muddy River Poetry Review, The Path, Alimentum, The Nassau Review, Minerva Rising, Ann Arbor Review, Dovetail Publishing and The Dallas Review. She lives and writes on The East End of Long Island.