Thursday, May 7, 2009

Birthing Classes at the Local YMCA

Soon enough
when the bellies empty
the twenty of us will become

a biological phenomenon
nearly indescribable
without resorting to the usual
empty adjectives:

Wild, crazy, surreal
perhaps uncanny
though obviously nothing other than

Go forth and multiply
said our instructor
at the end of eight weeks
as we,

The twenty, shook hands
bid each other good luck
laughed at the inscrutable

That had gathered us strangers into
these tiny wooden chairs
to discuss the benefits of
nettle tea.