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Maternal
by Stephen D. Rogers

They see
A daughter
Racially different
Sometimes whisper to me
"I often thought if we couldn't have children‐"

But we could

The traditional course of motherhood
The first kick
The miracle of childbirth
Natural
Normal

No

Not because we couldn't
But just
Because





Originally published in Cradle Songs: An Anthology of Poems on Motherhood (Quill and Parchment Press~2012)
Winner of the 2013 International Book Award Honouring Excellence in Independent and Small Press Publishing for Best Poetry Anthology.

 


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