Feb 172013

by Joanna C. Valente


It was the pill

that shifted you

from my womb

to homeless:

transfer credit acct

to debit / type in data

& print out confirmation

of empty uterus.


So early you’re hardly

alive / not even considered

‘baby’ but ‘parasite’

—this is what I have told

myself & your father

& mostly I believe it—

not baby but parasite

as in tapeworm as in

flesh eating bacteria

as in child support bills

as in a love I cannot



Ten years from now

a transfer will occur

from debit acct

to my credit.

I hope it will be you

no longer lost

on the streets of

Not Ready Yet.