* Birth-Day

June 14, 1987
The day before …
Cleaning the kitchen
Irritated by the heat
Wanting relief.
Swollen belly, huge boobs
Destroyed career

The day …
Pain beyond relief
Rush of emotion
Delayed cry.
Life changed
My heart
Outside my body.

The day after …
Best job ever
Meghan’s Mommy
Sigh of relief.
I can do this
Because Love
Is always enough.


Written for the To Live and Write in Alameda 2019 “Flash Lit February” Challenge 10. We had three days to write a poem or short story (of 500 words or less) or draw a piece of art to the theme “The Day Before” and submit. 


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