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He drooped as hours


Without any


He tried to read but

Worry clogged his


He paced awhile but

Found his feet too heavy

As his hope grew


The moments stretched

Their languid



“It’s done,”

A soft voice filtered

To him

Through the mist.

“She’s resting comfortably.

So is your newborn son.”




For Sammi‘s Weekend Writing Prompt: Languid in 57 words


18 thoughts on “Waiting

    • Thanks! I’m glad you liked it, and that the worry was communicated. It is such a difficult thing, to wait this way! And so many do … not always with the same results. May more get great news! Thanks for reading and commenting! Na’ama


    • Yes, they allow more support in the delivery rooms nowadays than they had before, even for C-sections, but not for emergency surgery, where family is told to wait outside … left to hold the worry and unknown … In almost all emergency situations, but certainly a lot with labor and delivery, which even nowadays is a time of great risk to the life of the mother (and the baby). Like happened to someone I know with placenta previa mid-labor, which had her rushed to the operating room with high risk to both her and the baby. They were both saved. Her uterus was not. The panicked worry and utter helplessness of loved ones left to pray and hope and wait for news while dreading news … If it got communicated, then I’m gratified.


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