PUBLISHED POEMS

A DISAPPOINTING BIRTHDAY

By REBECCA LONGENECKER

I said I wanted a puppy
which meant
give me something
to coddle
care for
coo over
which meant
I wanted a baby
you see I gave up being christian
and feel empty
with a mind full of measurements
the distance between here
and the next planet
the distance from here to infinity
in every direction
and how a microorganism
living on the barely-there hairs
of my forearm
might be calculating the same
and what a long miserable infinity
it is to the ground
I want a baby
for the mind-numbing immediacy
of hunger
of lifting a growing body
rocking unspeakable worries
to sleep
kissing brand new skin

- Published by WILDERNESS HOUSE LITERARY VIEW 

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