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
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.
Hahaha–I had to do it!
Thanks, Rhonda. I have been disgruntled at the reaction in the media here, but Kyle and Holly gave me some much needed focus for the irritation 😉
haha. as i was reading yours, got an email update from a local news source…in all caps no less…about kate and william ’emerging’ from the hospital w/their son. holy hell….really?
hee, hee. Have they weighed and measured the first royal poo yet?
ROFL…have NO fear….the news is bound to keep us up to poopy date. Good Grief!!!! (wonder if it stinks?)
Whether it stinks or not, it will surely be gilded or at least bronzed…
He wont be a king of mine either, cos I will have passed long before he sees that comfortable velvet seated throne 😀
This is so cool because right now I’m in DC talking to members of congress about ending extreme poverty by 2030.
That is WAAAY cool!!!
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.
We certainly do need to stick together, and this is not against her (or HRM the new prince) at all, but the media circus that is surrounding the birth of this baby boy. Sigh.
Yes. Understood. They probably don’t much like it either. k.
I love your bite!
Aw, thank you, Audra!
I like the edge on your sword today. He’s only third in line. Kate done good when she ketched her a man, eh? 😉
LOl, she shooooore did!
Hope they get to be happy ever after.
Ah, me too–in a land without media–but THAT would surely be a fairy tale.
🙂 I can’t imagine the pressure of having all those cameras pointed at me. I barely make it through blowing out my candles with a few select family members each year.
Hah–know what you mean. At least right now, he is innocent and uncaring of all that attention.
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.
Hahaha–it certainly does! I actually feel sorry for them right now.
This really rattled some people on FB. I was told to lighten up and asked whay my problem was.
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.
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. 🙂
Oh, I agree–and this little baby is innocent of all of this.
Yes. I definitely don’t believe children are born guilty. We all inherit so much, don’t we?
Yes–we don’t need to put more on our children than they already get. Being born human is difficult enough to begin with.
well spoken, Susan