Midnight Feeding

      by Lana Hechtman Ayers and Michael Dylan Welch


First published in Frogpond 30:2, Spring/Summer 2007, page 41. Written on 19 January 2006 at Victor’s Celtic Coffee House in Redmond, Washington.



morning bath—

my gentle splashes

don’t wake the newborn                                             Lana



        the infant’s yawn                                                     Michael


strollers in a row . . .

I nod off

in the waiting room                                                         Lana


drizzle at the window

a gentle snore

from the baby monitor                                                  Michael


        bouncing baby

        sleeping through the speed bump                   Lana


midnight feeding—

my fingerprints

on the snooze bar                                                           Michael