A New Life



Feeling pain in the pit of my stomach,

I pale as I continue to push through. My husbandŐs hand is clasped in mine as I hang on for dear life.



I hear my own cries

as if they werenŐt mine.

My only focus is the sound of blood rushing through my ears.



Through blurred vision I see him, swaddled in cotton and wailing.

I look up at my husband and smile

as I cradle our newborn child.


© Kayla Casica

Bio:  Kayla Casica constantly has blisters on her feet from dancing barefoot. Her passion for embracing her Filipino heritage through cultural dances has led her to spend countless hours jumping between bamboo poles. When sheŐs not resting her aching feet, sheŐs usually happily sitting inside the nearest boba shop.