The Miraculous Ordinary


Embellish for me (if you would) the story of my birth--

Paint my skin blue for countless anxious minutes
Orchestrate the chorus of nurses
The humming of machines
The woodwind of my shallow breath

Sing of my heroic little lungs!

Place us in a foreign land
Soothed by women whose words are strange
So all that's left is an ancient language
Of trust and blood and flesh

Diamond the telling of it
Drown it in sapphires
Place it on the emerald field of adventure

Anything but the ordinary entrance that I made
The miraculous ordinary
One of millions--washed, swaddled, held
But not talked of in the doctors' lounge:

"Remember that one? That tiny girl,
So clearly marked for something special?"

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Julie Evan Smith is a classically trained professional actor as well as an aspiring writer. She holds a MFA from the renowned Old Globe Theatre/University of San Diego graduate program and has played leading roles at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Dallas Theatre Center, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Great Lakes Theatre Festival and the Old Globe, among others. She also has a "blink and you'll miss it" appearance on an episode of Law & Order, as well as roles in several short films seen by few people other than their directors.