καιρός: a significant moment; weather; indeterminate or non-chronological time.
Each of the dots of water comes whole
into the world from the chrome showerhead.
Falling on rock walls of imitation
travertine, rucked cloth, and skin, they purl
down and join together in the drain, taking on
the shape of sewer lines, root-crowns,
of the Amazon, of lightning-in-rain, of cities
seen from planes, veins lining
lips pressed, spread of wet hair tangled
on her neck, birth pain, nerve tracks.
In the shower in the hospital
my wife labors in my arms, her skin
gone rigid and then slack and soft,
and she is wet and mostly naked under
that plumb lukewarm spray and I
am mostly naked too and we
slump in the endless water falling, water
beading on her shoulder blades in an unending flood
of what must be rain.
Being man, I can only hold her
in this stream and rock and hum in human
confusion, lost in the cosmos
of closed eyes, joy-numb
at William Kairos being born.