by Stephen Paul Wren
Celebrating the egg’s transition trimester one clump of cells then primordial jaw, throat, mouth, eyes toes, ears, pre-limbs sac exterior (draw-strung) purged with water All the world’s emotions break in the presence of a miracle The work of the Lord’s hand in his heritage Another miracle shines the developing placenta and its manna and blood cells are taking shape The blood chemistry bubbles His crafting of the brain and spinal cord advances The birth of a soul precious to Him and unique growing in bones and dancing to the new heartbeat one day these fledging fists might open for Him the micro mouth might sing for Him they are designed to do so The beginnings of facial recognition trimester two in Halls of growth fingers and toes are works of art His love keeps crafting Forming eyelashes, hair and nails dense bones, body fat The web of nerves starts to function so do His seeds of purpose for the new life each muscle fibre is touched by His hand the fetus responds to Him and to light Trimester three the fetus gains weight and wonder lungs the blending of a soul into flesh each reflex trains in the tight space the gentle, and strong womb the baby is ready now it enters the word with its soul shaped
Dr Stephen Paul Wren was educated at Cambridge and worked as an industrial chemist before transitioning back into academia at Oxford. He joined Kingston University in September 2018 where he works as a Senior lecturer. Stephen’s poetry can be read here.