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October 22, 2013


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the world of pregnancy and childbirth
has been boiled down to the white,
neurologically healthy babies
in pink and blue knit caps.

“that one,” says the tearful father.
“she’s beautiful,” says the nurse
while the mother rests.

but why is it
that the default image of motherhood
is a white middle-class couple with a picket fence
and a golden retriever?

“hey honey,
let’s postpone that cruise to the caribbean
and make a baby.”

what about the prostitutes
who get pregnant?
what about the girls in africa
who carry their rapist’s babies?

what about the babies left on the firehouse steps?
what about the welfare mothers
who run
because they can’t pay the hospital fees?
who have heroin tracks on their arms
(like stitches that can’t hold them together)
where the patient bracelet is snapped on?

what about the 500,000 american children
waiting to get adopted?
what about miscarriages and women
who can never have kids?

we preach for the lives of the unborn,
but what about the lives of the living?
what about the teenager at the abortion clinic?
is a life tainted because of how it's been lived?

how much are we worth?

i'll tell you,
there are hundreds of thousands of voices
behind the pictures of smiling mothers
holding sleeping babies on pamphlets,

silenced by hands on swollen stomachs,
by the coffee-stained smiles saying,
“he’s gonna be a bruiser.
i feel her kicking.

you two are very lucky.”

voices of europe and asia,
of ghettos and girls sleeping on sidewalks
and cheap motels
and fourteen year olds sold on amsterdam storefronts
and bloodshot eyes in wal-marts
and women sobbing in police stations.

voices of legend, they say,
because what is a voice
if we can't hear it?

(if somebody screams and nobody is around to care,
do they make a sound?)

a child is born every three seconds
and one of them
will be a mistake.
millions of errors everyday,
every week,
errors in judgement and morality and sobriety,
millions of accidents, of missed pills
of tipsy nights in cabo
of ecstasy, of alcohol
of incest
of rape.

a child is born once every three seconds
and they are the biggest lie people
will ever tell themselves.
Tocophobia: the fear of pregnancy and/or childbirth.
I personally fear neither.

This was an experimental piece - call it my nod to social justice. We're studying Piaget and Erikson in AP Psychology, and their theories about childhood got me wondering about what comes before. Obviously this piece got way off topic aswithallofmypieces, but! I'm still happy with the result.

May be doing a double-feature. (You'll know if I upheld this if you see another poem posted tomorrow.) I have one in the works but it needs refinement, and it's midnight and very newly Tuesday, so I'm not sure if I'll be getting to it now.

Also, surprise - I'll be submitting to some groups again. Hope you guys enjoy this one. :heart:

edit: I won a contest with this, you guys! :wow: Here's the journal announcement.
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
This is it. Thank you for writing leaps and bounds above nearly all of us DA poets.
Magnificent work.
dreamlandtheories Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
I love this. People keep telling me "oh, you'll change your mind" "you just have to meet the right guy" "you're just saying that now" even though I've been saying I don't want kids for almost 10 years. It's going to take a lot more than some man or a few years to change my mind. And even if I do end up pregnant, I'm lucky enough to be in a social standing with certain options for me to choose from. Not everyone gets that luxury. Thank you for saying this.
WriterOfTheSky55 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my God.
You've blown my mind.
There are no words. You said it all.
colbalt-rain Featured By Owner May 3, 2014   Writer
Thank you. I've been trying to incorporate my political beliefs into my poetry as much as possible, and the result is always so...poignant. 
Vallestin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Being male, I cannot personally relate to this, but when I read it I think of one of my friends who had to have an abortion after a little mistake she made with a man she didn't know, she was sixteen.  I feel for her and all the other girls out there. This is an amazing poem.
colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014   Writer
Thank you. :heart:
EpiphanyBlue Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
I have been reading a number of your poems. I find your works eloquent and striking. Much of the best poetry- the stuff that moves me most anyhow- seems to master this paradox, raw and refined at the same time, and that's what I've found here.
I want to respond to the different pieces, want to say something each time, but likely as not I feel that there is nothing I could, that nothing is left, only- wow.
colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014   Writer
:blush: You're too kind. At lot of my poetry isn't meant to be such - it's just thoughts that I spit out every so often. But I'm so flattered you think so highly of my work. Thank you very much. 
RaylaOpal Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

If someone asked me if I wanted a child when I'm older, I'd say "God no!" and that's because I'd rather adopt a 'mistake'. I guess since I'm considered a 'mistake', and I associate with other fellow 'mistakes'. Meh.

I absolutely love this piece of literacy, you have just put my exact thoughts of childbirth into words, and that's a very special talent.

colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014   Writer
Thank you. :love: That's very sweet.
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