Today is the fifth day of GloPoWriMo. Last night I went to a poetry reading held by Politics and Prose where Sandra Beasley and Teri Ellen Cross Davis read poems from their new collections, Made to Explode and a more perfect union respectively. There were some really excellent poems and it was interesting to hear about how the current political situation in America and beyond has affected the writing of both poets.
Today’s prompt was to find a poem, and then write a new poem that has the shape of the original, and in which every line starts with the first letter of the corresponding line in the original poem.
Following the event last night, I decided to look at the poems of Sandra Beasley and Teri Ellen Cross Davis and selected the latter’s poem Letdown to base my poem on. As well as the shape and the letters used in the poem, I have also tried to reflect the theme somewhat to look at a different experience of the theme of motherhood.
Content warning: This poem deals with the theme of child loss and contains some adult language
To have a perfect round bump
forcing itself to grow
bigger and bigger each day
it would be your miracle,
underneath your rapidly too small dress.
Youth knows by week 12 or 13 all is safe now,
you’ll not misplace the tiny heartbeat’s pulse.
Soft skin stretched out by a smothering weight,
tits swollen, mouth puking, blood pressure low.
Knowledge that life is created with pain,
is clung to sometimes with vain desperation
tightly to keep the tiny thing in this world
always with you. Hold off agony that threatens
to knock you flat each day for the rest of your life
and you can’t hide from it. It will hold you always now. No end.
You must try. One more time.
You can read all of my 2021 GloPoWriMo poems here.
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