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Unconditional Love
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

I was thinking of your mother today
the first woman you ever loved
the one all others must measure up to
the first sound you ever heard
the beating of her heart
as she nourished you
and dreamt of you
before your birth
cradled there
in the warmth
of her body
which now
has turned
to silver
in your

For Phyllis Kennedy
November 10, 1922-January 13, 2000

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