Jackie Kay Poems
- The Mother Poem (Two) I always wanted to give birth Do that ...
- Divorce I did not promise to stay with you till death do us ...
- Baby Lazarus When I got home I went out into the ...
- Fiere If ye went tae the tapmost hill, Fiere Whaur we used ...
- George Square My seventy-seven-year-old father put his ...
- Something Rhymed You're a gem, you're a holy cairn You're a ...
- Baggage Dark, the days when the ships came slowly ...
Jackie Kay MBE (born 9 November 1961) is a Scottish poet and novelist.
Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father. She was adopted as a baby by a white Scottish couple, Helen and John Kay, and grew up in Bishopbriggs, a suburb of Glasgow, in a 1950s-built housing estate in a small Wimpey house, which her adoptive parents had bought new in 1957. They adopted Kay in 1961 having already adopted Jackie's brother, Maxwell, about two years earlier. Jackie and Maxwell also have siblings who were brought up by their biological parents. Her adoptive father worked for the Communist Party full-time and stood for Member of Parliament, and her adoptive ... more »
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The Mother Poem (Two)
I always wanted to give birth
Do that incredible natural thing
That women do-I nearly broke down
When I heard we couldn't
And then my man said to me
Well there's always adoption
(we didn't have test tubes and the rest
then) and well even in the early sixties there was something
Scandalous about adopting
Telling the world your secret failure
Bringing up an alien child
Who knew what it would turn out to be?
But I wanted a baby badly
Didn't need to come from my womb
Or his seed for me to love it
And I had sisters who looked just like me