Full Circle

Ashley Wilkinson


The stench of feet overpowers the piercing wails of children.

Painful bruises overwhelm the human body.

Kicking and screaming, disgustingly beautiful, a new life emerges.


Roller-skates and knee socks replace bare feet and sandals,

traded in for kneepads and wrist guards, their status within society lowers.

Sports cars are traded in for mini-vans, while wild attitudes are checked at the door.

Babies taking care of babies in this wild circle of life.


The hustle and bustle at the skating rink,

the happiness and tears shed in the delivery room

come full circle.

Babies and parents, wail delightfully

as fun and life



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