This past weekend I attended baby shower of a dear friend’s daughter. It was pouring rain as we each made our way to the shower, yet we made our way. Women, young and old, gathered around the new mother-to-be. We brought gifts, love and encouragement, for both mother and daughter. The gathering of women is a sight to behold.
Women walk, wearing easy summer dresses.
Rain falls, umbrellas open
sandals in puddles, gifts in hands.
Tables draped in linens, hold borrowed china,
flowers surround unlit candles,
fragrant in the warm summer air.
Women, young and old, have gathered,
lovingly their eyes rest on her swollen belly.
The women squeeze in tight
as water drips from canopy rims,
down backs, drops glisten on fallen hair.
A smiling watermelon hippo offers fruit,
chicken salad on croissants,
salads brought to be shared
Talking, laughing, the eating of cupcakes.
Ribbons are cut, guessing inches,
stories of mothers and babes linger in the air.
The women circle, lemonade in hand,
their eyes on the one becoming.
The gifts fall like the rain.
The birds sing in rhythm from treetops.
A soft breeze blows, leaves and balloons flutter
The sun peaks, as clouds roll away.
Wrappings tumble, glitter flies in the sun.
Full are the hearts
of the woman, who came in the rain.