Photography © Edward S. Gault


I Know You Will Be Wonderful


I don’t know
what you’ve named
me, I can

sense though, that
you don’t feel
good about me

in some way.
It’s not the
right time, is

it? I surprised
you didn’t I?
I’m getting the

sense from you
that you’re not
ready to be

my mother. You’re
very young, and
it is too

much. You and
Dad need more
more time. I understand.

I need you
to know something.
I don’t feel well.

Have the doctors
told you something?
Have they told

you I might
not make it?
If you decide

to be my
mother, you would
want to be

the very best
you could be
for me. I

know things can’t
be perfect, there’s
no guarantee, but

I want the
best shot I
could have. Is

it safe out
there? I want
to be able

to make a
difference – to you,
and to others.

On the other
hand, I don’t
want to be

hurt out there.
I know you’re
worried about the

world right now.
A lot of
fear. So, if

You’re not ready,
times not right,
let’s just wait.

I might come
back, or you’ll
be the mother

someday to another.
I know you
will be wonderful.


Edward S. Gault is a poet and fine art photographer. He lives at Mosaic Commons, a co-housing community in Berlin, Ma.