Push, they tell me

Push

I push, and I push, and I push

The pain is unbearable

Blotches of light go across my eyes

I fight to stay awake

One more, they say, one more

So I give, every ounce of life in me, and push with all my strength

The baby is out

I breathe, in and out, in and out

But the blood continues to flow

The nurses reassure me

You will be fine, the babies fine, she's a girl

I sigh relief, knowing I will die

But my baby lasted she will live

They rush me to the ER

I know it's too late

They try any way

One glimpse is all I get

Of my precious creation

Beautiful, beautiful girl

I smile, as I know

My gift to the world will shine in all the darkness