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The Creation

As skin and tissue grows
Cell membranes expand,
The epidermis thickens,
The blood belts slower
From the heart.

                        Soon, the new
Growth branches out, the legs
And arms move with greater
Purpose, the eye keener, the
Senses sharper.

                        The world is
Its oyster, and from the womb’s
Oyster, and the mother’s own
Oyster, mother earth nurtures,
Protects the life.

                        And you, my
Dear creature, you may well
Endeavour to put your own
Unique creation of self to
Good use.

                One day to break
The womb, one day to break
The mould: who in the passage
Of millennia do you most take
After?

                The creation begins to think.

James Fountain

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