In a flash–
Her fate seizes her and brings her
down. She is heavy with it. It
The great weight
is heaved out of her. It eases.
She moves into what she has become,
sure in her fate now
as a fish free in the current.
She turns to the calf who has broken
out of the womb’s water and its veil.
He breathes. She licks his wet hair.
He gathers his legs under him
and rises. He stands, and his legs
wobble. After the months
of his pursuit of her, now
they meet face to face.
From the beginnings of the world
his arrival and her welcome
have been prepared. They have always
known each other.
“Her First Calf,” by Wendell Berry
7 pounds 12.5 ounces, and 20.5 inches long.
Born at 12:51 a.m. on August 5th, in the cabin after a little more than two hours of intense labor and a nuchal arm.