She vice grips her hero-husband’s hand,
heaving hormones issue high demands,
pity cannot calm deep contraction pain,
birth-waters gush, sheet shows graffiti stain:
primitive her pant, newborn stirs within,
propelled the push – let baby’s birth begin!
Thighs hinge, tendons rack-stretched,
ejection-effort on her red face etched;
the father’s futile fears, hopeless his tears,
abruptly a damp, dark-haired head appears:
shocked arrival – open one sceptical eye,
instinctive suckle soon silenced primal cries.