Monday, March 4, 2013

Warning


The whole memory of it is breasts:
the baby trying to clamp on, head bobbing


around the flesh, I help her find
each warm nipple, holding her head


in one palm, her bottom
in the other. I told no one


of her delivery. How suddenly
she was there, belonging


to me. I was some kind of whore
a loveless woman, myself.


She was five pounds and thirteen ounces:
too small. I kept forgetting to feed her.


None of it was as it should be;
I was sorry the whole time.


A half family and somebody's joke.
She sucked through the whole dream.



--Jennifer Raha

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