Rivers (3/30)

after so

many months   

of chemo

your uterus will

begin to cry

bloody tears.  

she will be inconsolable

for 7 to 10 days

every month.  


like Langston,  

you, too, 

will know



She, ancient

grieving one,


the unborn children

you didn't have time

to want-- 

she will keep up

her weeping

red and raging


until you are pricked

with the needle-

the stick-

that makes 

women pause-- 

Then, you,

ill and frightened


take your too-soon place  

among the barren

graying grandmothers.