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 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: April 23, 2020      Views: 30

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A poem about the transformative effect of giving birth
"Natal" by Anya Trofimova
Didn't you rip down the front-porch lavender?
The roots could not resist your blunted claws.
You left the soil all ravaged and ruptured,
drenched with sweat and your vaguely-oriental
musk, like the crows gorging in the undivided
fields at the far-end of summer and severed
cornstalks everywhere.

Didn't you stand on the threshold before the vicar,
your face smeared with powder and dad's cologne,
sheepish like a milkless cow?

And when motherhood began, didn't you rise
thigh-deep in soiled water, with seams split,
stitches undone, loose at your knees,
cracked-lipped and laughing amazement
at the animal you had become?

Mother's Day Poetry Contest contest entry

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In my poem I aim to capture the transformative effect of giving birth and bringing a baby into the world. The narrator in this poem is addressing their own mother.

Photograph by Diana Hinek
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