I come across all sorts of poems in my continuous hunt for poetry contests and literary journals that might house the verses I wrestle to write. Yesterday, 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 to the right. 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 CHILDRENI 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 sayis my son died.What I will sayis I would still do it again.
Photo Credit: Blog of Madeleine Sharples
Yes, stunning is the right word. Find her book, Vanilla Milk and take the journey with her.
Will look it up. Thanks for reading!