Stillborn by Jennifer O'Grady

How strange that I told you, after
coming in from play, how I wanted
a sister, had always wanted a sister,
the way children do.

That morning, driving home, the streets seemed achingly

And you, resting, rocking in the basement
near piles of tidily folded linens,
your oval face misting like the iron--
how long after did it hit me as tears?

vacant, like the space between my arms

Imagine, you carried that weight around--
pressed three years of creases
from the unused diapers I'd wear
like a white flag, or a tiny ghost.


  1. Interesting poem; I especially liked the second stanza. Very evocative.

    1. it is! i've been reading a lot of poetry lately and this one stopped me in my tracks.