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This poem was submitted for the "Poetry for the Mind's Joy" project and is reproduced here with permission from the author. All rights reserved. Poetry for the Mind's Joy is Poet Laureate Kay Ryan's project that includes a community college poetry contest administered by the Community College Humanities Association and a lively videoconference.

Almost imperceptible at first
Like a vague current of electricity
Weaving through her like a fine gold thread
The finishing touches on a well-made garment
Working to bring the season to its peak
Harnessing her energy for the task before her
She sways to the music from within
Rhythmically   bending to the swelling crescendo
Playing   softly   the  notes  in  between
The final movement     the tympani  plays
 Pianissimo   gives way  to pianoforte
Cymbals crashing to the rolling thunder of the drums
 Rest          Rest             Rest
She has become a mother

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