Placenta

 
Good-bye to that good woman
who fed you life through a cord
and pushed you into the world:
 
leave go the rope -
let the weight of her body
leave you. Let the grave
 
be stitched up. In nine months
the scar will be invisible.

 


from outside the narrative: Poems 1965-2009 (Etruscan Books/Wordpower Press, 2011), © Tom Leonard 2011, used by permission of the author.

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