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Cassandra on Her Birth Day

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Cassandra on Her Birth Day

by John Kendall Hawkins

Your mother cried through the laughing gas-

cried biblically, "Get it out of me!"

And you flooded out, long-headed, alien blue,

jaundiced in mucous and blood, new eyes

wide open to a chilly ward, strangers

beaming at you, like cannibals, in joy.

"Overcooked," the midwife chimed. Not a boy,

we knew, when Carla shrieked, "A niece!"

We are dangerous with our love,

we need you more than you need us,

and we'll get around to molding you

to our shape-shifting greed. But for now,

we'll let you be: urgent and freed,

and piping your fair, obstreperous tune.

'I am, I am, I am, I am, I am.'

Already raging against the dying

of the rumored, proverbial light.

It doesn't get any better than this.


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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Australia. His poetry, commentary, and reviews have appeared in publications in Oceania, Europe and the USA, such as Cordite, Morning Star, Hanging (more...)

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