July 4, 2004

Long Before Birth

Baby 'walking' in the womb

Scans uncover secrets of the womb

A new type of ultrasound scan has produced vivid pictures of a 12 week-old foetus "walking" in the womb.

The new images also show foetuses apparently yawning and rubbing its eyes - Scans uncover secrets of the womb
Pointer via: PhotoDude.


Poem Before Birth

water, water,
flesh-cord feeding
taut bundle
of woman's belly.

the brow of the child
is first to form,
while gills still
pulse in the jostled quiet.

the strong sleep
before birth hypnotizes
until shock of tongs and thrusting thighs

the song of falling haze,
veins, translucent

breath, heartbeat
and hunger.
tears and a sometimes
return to the silence.

stars in their cool
pond, bright blankness.
the depth
and the old remembering.

the wave
without the water.

-- Berkeley, California, 1966

Posted by Vanderleun at July 4, 2004 4:31 PM
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