October 03, 2007

GETTING IT DOWN

Sometimes I have to
run out of the shower quickly
to get a poem down
or write bits rudely
like a phone number
on a paper serviette
or beside an agenda

But all this is better
than a still-birth
or having a baby die inside
and carrying it to term
or looking surprised
at what popped into the can
of the bush-toilet
disturbing the flies

Iíve met a woman
who had both these things happen
She also said
she felt nothing
down there

Thatís how it can happen
I suppose

—Helen Pavlin
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originally appeared in "Collected Poems" in 1993.

Posted by dwaber at October 3, 2007 04:50 PM