Fetus
conceived
not always of love
I am a mass of cells
my name fetus
my domain a womb
my reason for being uncertain
yet swollen feet cravings and spitting
a belly swelling
morning sickness creating embarrassing episodes
and milk escaping the confines of swollen breast
tells the story of my presence
my devolvement though exciting and fulfilling
takes its toll on the body that sustains
my survival
as I strive to grasp life waves of sound interrupt
my privacy and illustrate my nakedness
and I question
should I forsake my effort or would fate
deny me entry to a world my perception deems imbued
in the follies of man
in my restlessness I stretch and kick a phenomenon
that excites my bearer
perpetuating an anxious happiness that lingers
throughout my existence
in the likeness of man my body
the image of my creator my soul
I enter this world
and with a cry I pronounce my arrival
the pain of my nativity forgotten
the joy of my birth takes its place in the heart
of my Mother



Earl S. Jackson
Feb 1982


Copyright © 2010 Earl S. Jackson, all rights reserved

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