Alison Cassidy

Rookie (6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

Zero Population Growth - Poem by Alison Cassidy

Twenty-eight years ago
one stifling afternoon in April
squatting on the red brick path
weeding her Double Delight
(roses grew so well in the clay soil
of Kangaroo Ground) ,
she suddenly felt light-headed
and passed out
and she knew...

What to do?

He was always on about it,
Zero Population Growth.
He argued fiercely
and eloquently
from his lecturer's platform,
laughing scornfully and often
at his careless
older brother
with his three
daughters.

What to do?

To tell or not to tell.
To tell or not to tell?
Oh, what the hell.
She didn't tell -
she couldn't tell!

And four months later
after the checkup
from Dr. Heath.
Is it a fait accompli?
I'm afraid so.

Three children is a lovely size for a family -
don't you think?


Comments about Zero Population Growth by Alison Cassidy

  • (8/14/2009 1:49:00 AM)

    India and China.....As Robert De Niro said in Taxi Driver: 'You talkin' to me? '
    Population.....no problem. Its THE problem.
    Cheers.
    Subroto
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  • (10/8/2008 1:33:00 PM)

    The best way is to just go with flow, take what life gives, it works so much better in the end. Was your next rose the one called Triple Delight? Great poem keep on writing. Bobxx (Report)Reply

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  • (1/2/2008 8:08:00 PM)

    I know this is an old poem of yours. But I really like it. Life dictates to us not vice versa. (Report)Reply

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  • Elysabeth Faslund (8/5/2007 6:14:00 AM)

    CRUNCH! ! Now wait a minute. Who's the three? The man's brother with three daughters, or the man, woman and, as yet, unborn child? This is great, Alison, really great...to wake me up without coffee, then slam questions. And this poem did it, because of your mind...witty, witty. Ever well written! ! xxElysabeth (Report)Reply

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  • (2/2/2007 12:26:00 PM)

    'The best laid plans o' mice an men..' Life happens, and I'm sure the news was well enough received in the end. Theory is fine, practice, well... Another entertaining thought provoking slice of reality Allie. jim xx (Report)Reply

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  • (2/2/2007 10:09:00 AM)

    Liked this, although I wonder - isn't 2 children zero population growth, perfectly replacing the parents someday? Sorry, didn't mean to get technical. Great story, wish I knew his response.. -chuck (Report)Reply

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  • Patrick Ladbrooke (11/8/2006 5:26:00 AM)

    And thus he discovered the difficulties of achieving zero population growth, first hand! Personal detail presented in a light and enjoyable way.

    Patrick xx
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  • (11/2/2006 3:47:00 PM)

    Fruits are not so heavy for a tree. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/2/2006 2:14:00 AM)

    From an outsider looking in, I'm rather glad you did... (Report)Reply

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  • (11/2/2006 1:11:00 AM)

    A dilemma close to home for many; perfectly penned, AAA. Any woman familiar with the scenario is drawn into introspection by this vivid piece. t x (Report)Reply

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  • Linda Ori (11/2/2006 12:40:00 AM)

    Allie - my son just turned 28 on Oct.25th., so I can identify with you on this one! Nicely written, and we are in sync, as usual! !
    Hugs,
    Linda
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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (11/1/2006 8:30:00 PM)

    Strong Write....i like the language, here....a tad to th' abstract, which is my forte, & first choice of lit. style....Very Nice Job, Allie'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''F j R (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Poem Edited: Monday, November 1, 2010


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