the perfect thing

for Kyle and Holly

Yesterday
a child was squeezed
into being and breath,
was weighed and gendered
and possibly named

but he’s no king of mine
and no more miracle
than the daily 370,000
squalling, shitting, hungry
just born people
with grandmas’ noses
and fathers’ eyes, fisting air
and not fluid for the first time

and I congratulate
the other 369,999 families today,
and hope the other 369,999 birthed
are the perfect gender
health and weight
for whatever bed, alley, hut floor
or shed mat they slept on
last night.

I hope the other 369,999 mothers
don’t bleed to death, left open
because no one can pay for a c-section,
and that’s what happens
to mothers some places
where women are less valued
than a pair of good work boots,
and half the other 369,999 won’t starve
to feed their brothers instead,
or be married early because they lack
the right set of chromosomes
to profit a family any other way.

Let’s hope that yesterday
369,999 other mothers
did the same perfect thing
as Kate Middleton.

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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33 Responses to the perfect thing

  1. Rhonda says:

    Awesome SFAM

  2. Bruce Ruston says:

    He wont be a king of mine either, cos I will have passed long before he sees that comfortable velvet seated throne 😀

  3. BroadBlogs says:

    This is so cool because right now I’m in DC talking to members of congress about ending extreme poverty by 2030.

  4. ManicDdaily says:

    Hi Susan, there is definitely not enough attention paid to those other hundreds of thousands – on the other hand, I think Kate Middleton would probably agree with you, so that is very nice. Women have to stick together! k.

  5. unfetteredbs says:

    I love your bite!

  6. Alice Keys says:

    I like the edge on your sword today. He’s only third in line. Kate done good when she ketched her a man, eh? 😉

  7. Funnily enough I had a rant about this too. For goodness sake. Woman has sex with husband, woman has baby. Happens quite a lot, as you pointed out.

  8. Susan I’m not disagreeing… but it’s still a child, he didn’t choose to be “earthly royalty”– WE are all have a heavenly birthright ! I don’t feel we are being fair.

    • Aw, Deb, I have nothing against the little guy. He’s quite cute, actually, and I wish him and his parents well. It is the absolute CIRCUS surrounding his birth I find intensely disagreeable.

  9. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    I thought about some of these things too when I heard another “king” was born.

    I am more interested in hearing about pregnancies and mothers (and being pregnant and a woman) rather than hearing more patriarchy about future kings and rulers. 🙂

  10. well spoken, Susan

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