"Abortions never let you forget"

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Gwendolyn Brooks



It is true, those unborn babies hang around

the mother that expelled them

much longer than regular children do

tweaking on their dresses and begging

to be bought something, to be fed again,

to be held to be loved.


And sometimes I turn to mine,

gather them up, resignedó


my arms full of their absence.


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