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poem of the week: the blood, when it comes
September 12, 2012, 10:57 pm
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the blood, when it comes
© 2012 by margaux delotte-bennett

she
her mother
me

all connected by blood
but not that which runs through our veins

connected by blood
cycling through bodies
poised for pregnancy
in time, for she
past time, for her mother
at some time, for me

she ask me why it has to happen
she accepts it as her fate
but needs to know the reason
must understand the rhyme
willing her mind past shock and
towards the rhythms of life
associated with womanhood

the me that also hungered for knowing
tells her about the body’s need to clean
regenerate
ready itself for things

things that make her mother
grow hot in the face
burst into tears
call everyone in the phonebook to announce the change
in her baby
now on the path to full grown

she
her mother
me

all connected by blood
that runs deeper than
9 year old minds can understand
should
understand
can stand before awkward
gross out
nasty-ville feelings
jump through the faces she likes to make

she is quietly resigned to this new way of being
though thinks it’s a little icky to talk about with everyone
under the sun

her mother is freaked
but reaching out for the support
she knows she needs to raise a girl child
knocking on womanhood’s door

the she that is me provided
pamphlets and pep talks
because I knew we would be at this moment
soon

and now it has come
and gone
and left us all

she
her mother
me

forever
connected by blood
but not that which
runs
through our veins
but which cycles through bodies

ready
willing
waiting

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