Jackie Kay

(1961 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

Jackie Kay Poems

1. No. 115 dreams 5/27/2017
2. Grandpa's Soup 5/27/2017
3. Castletown, Isle of Man 5/27/2017
4. My Grandmother's Houses 5/27/2017
5. Lucozade 5/27/2017
6. Something Rhymed 5/27/2017
7. George Square 5/27/2017
8. Bed 5/27/2017
9. Keeping Orchids 5/27/2017
10. from Lochaline Stores 5/27/2017
11. Threshold 5/27/2017
12. Sound Of Sleat 5/27/2017
13. Baggage 5/27/2017
14. That Distance Apart 5/27/2017
15. Between the Dee and the Don 5/27/2017
16. Fiere 5/27/2017
17. Gap Year 5/27/2017
18. Late Love 3/16/2016
19. Divorce 5/27/2015
20. Baby Lazarus 2/14/2015
21. The Mother Poem (Two) 2/14/2015

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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
Didn't ...

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I did not promise
to stay with you till death do us part, or
anything like that,
so part I must, and quickly. There are things
I cannot suffer
any longer: Mother, you never, ever said
a kind word
or a thank-you for all the tedious chores I have done;
Father, your breath

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