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Cup 23:  Giving Birth



The contractions come in waves, a letter to Congress, then relaxation.


Another contraction: a protest, signs, chants, pink hats.


Then respite, ice chips, a back rub.


A harder contraction: tear gas, clubs, pepper spray.


Sinking back, less time to recover


Another contraction: tanks, riot gear.


The baby’s head at the cervix, forewaters bulging


A tentative push, the streets are flooded


Maybe you are thinking it must be finished, maybe you never had a baby before,

you don’t know


The labia stretch and burn: slow down, slow down!


No one can stop a baby


but who will catch her?

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