She stands, arms outstretched, 

under fluorescent lights.

She holds up empty shorts,

t-shirts, and tanks.

Her mother-eyes focus

on what is not there,

gauging the cloth’s

ability to hold, to hug,

the ones she loves.

Her gaze is fixed just past 

the things she holds, imagining 

the shape of belly, thigh,

chest, and shoulders,

practicing the maternal art

of reconstruction.

We cannot see

the child she sees,

we do not know his dimensions.

All we can see is her love-struck gaze

that brings someone into being

out of nothing. 

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