Amniocentesis by Elizabeth Cohen

Posted: August 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

People know this about you.
The latter day saint of you,
that miracle hat trick you pulled off
in the flatbed, on the way to Taos.

The magic inside your belly
that the last ride took
away. How you cried
as the blood washed down the arroyo.

How you sang, to the blessed Mary
moon and took some dirt
at the Sanctuario de Chimayo
to bring home for your shrine

to that last one you lost.
The little boy named Joe
or Cameron or Jessie.
You hadn’t really decided.

The truth was in the needle.
It read the weaknesses and future
like your palm, cradled in the palm
of the gypsy

She said it and you were so offended:
You will lose.
You will lose.
You will lose.
Elizabeth Cohen lives and writes poems up near the Canadian border. She is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Plattsburgh and the author of fours books of poetry, a memoir, and a book of short stories, among other works. She has a daughter, Ava, and far too many cats.

  1. 1WriteWay says:

    Lovely. Sad, moving, but lovely. And one cannot have too many cats 😉


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