30FOR30 Poetry Challenge: April 16

Week Three: Family/Home
April 16th: Write a poem about your birth.

Today’s prompt is to write a poem about your birth. What happened? Who was there? What will happen after your birth? Who was the first person you seen? Second? Was there a third? Picture the smell of your body.logo Picture the environment tasting your newly babe skin. Everybody has a story. What’s yours?

Here’s a poem by Lucille Clifton:

june 20

i will be born in one week
to a frowned forehead of a woman
and a man whose fingers will itch
to enter me. she will crochet
a dress for me of silver
and he will carry me in it.
they will do for each other all that they can
but it will not be enough.
none of us know that we will not
smile again for years,
that she will not live long.
in one week i will emerge face first
into their temporary joy.

Feel free to post your piece in the comments!


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