From Now Until Then

You kiss her silky crown and gaze in awe
at tiny fingers curled around your thumb,
then wrap her in a soft angora shawl
and soothe her with the lullaby you hum.
Now, fresh and fully fed, she falls asleep
where, snuggled in your arms against your breast,
a semblance of a smile begins to creep
across those lips that angels must have blessed.

What mystery makes that newborn baby smell
connect– an unseen cord? There is no way
to sever it or break its lifelong spell.
It lingers through the years until a day
when, savoring the scent, you rock awhile
and see your baby’s baby smile that smile.