Some people babyproof their homes,
with cupboard locks, fireguards.
She took a more direct approach –
she babyproofed her heart.
It has no shiny surface
where a child could fall or trip.
There are no nooks or crannies
for a chubby hand to grip.
It’s not she doesn’t like kids
(though it’s true she needs her space) –
she loves her sibling’s offspring
so she knows that’s not the case.
But she will not bring a child into
a world so full of pain –
babyproof she’s always been,
and ever shall remain.