Today's poem came to be via a prompt from Tupelo Press for each of the 30/30 participants for this month:
"Saturday and Sunday - select a couplet from our Million Line Poem, any couplet, and respond to it in a form of your choice!"
So, here's the couplet I chose:
"So why not? In the distance between no and yes, in this caravan of bodies
explore what’s ours and right here, a little geography."
And, here is the poem I wrote in response.
Also, unrelated to today's poem: my best friend had her baby! And I am a jerk and out of town. Expect a poem re: my joy and guilt. Is there a name for an occasion poem for the occasion of birth? There is the epithalamium for weddings...
Happy Saturday, ya'll. And so many congrats and so much love to C____ and F____ for their new wee one, Dorothy June. I can't wait to meet her!
by Sylvia Plath
Love set you going like a fat gold watch.
The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry
Took its place among the elements.
Our voices echo, magnifying your arrival.New statue.
In a drafty museum, your nakedness
Shadows our safety.We stand round blankly as walls.
I'm no more your mother
Than the cloud that distills a mirror to reflect its own slow
Effacement at the wind's hand.
All night your moth-breath
Flickers among the flat pink roses.I wake to listen:
A far sea moves in my ear.
One cry, and I stumble from bed, cow-heavy and floral
In my Victorian nightgown.
Your mouth opens clean as a cat's.The window square
Whitens and swallows its dull stars.And now you try
Your handful of notes;
The clear vowels rise like balloons.
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