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Failure to Thrive

For a while now, I have noticed

the inky dots that doctors track

flat lining.


Despite all

the mashing and blending

straining and scooping

of each fortified culinary creation


even with a team of specialists

thousands of breastfeeds

and tens of thousands of spoonfuls


in spite of all those successful swallows,

we are here

for a surgical consult

contemplating the weight of you


as horizontal black dots

lead onwards, but not upwards.

We are surviving.



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