A Poem for Women Who Don’t Want Children

Poet Chanel Brenner

I come across all sorts of poems in my continuous hunt for literary journals that might house the verses I wrestle to write. Recently, I came across a jewel. A simple, stunning jewel.

The poem was a finalist for Rattle Poetry’s 2013 Contest and was written by Los Angeles-based poet Chanel Brenner, pictured above. To read more poems by Ms. Brenner, click here.

Below is the poem that left me stunned.

 

A POEM FOR WOMEN WHO DON’T WANT CHILDREN

I won’t preach about the rewards of motherhood.
I won’t say it’s the best thing that ever happened to me.
I won’t say it’s the best job I’ve ever had.
I won’t say you’ll regret not having a child.
I won’t say you’ll forget what life was like before.
I won’t say it makes life worth living.
What I will say
is my son died.
What I will say
is I would still do it again.

Photo Credit: Blog of Madeleine Sharples

This post was originally published in Zeteo Journal’s Zeteo is Reading section. 

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4 thoughts on “A Poem for Women Who Don’t Want Children

  1. Asi es mi Pupi! Por q nada amamos mas que los hijos!!! Te amo mi Pupi

    Ana M

    > El 12/07/2014, a las 12:58 a.m., The Drugstore Notebook escribió: > > >

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