Saturday, March 8, 2008

Phraselet No. 41

Only after the labor of birth, only after you've come home to your own private quarters bearing the precious gift of your baby, only then in the abrupt quiet and solitude of ceiling, walls, floor does the realization pierce you like a knife blade I am responsible for keeping it alive.

- Joyce Carol Oates, "In the Insomniac Night," Black Swan, White Raven

1 comment:

Amy said...

Not only then, but then and every moment for the rest of "its" life! Great phraselet and nugget of truth.