Tuesday, May 25, 2010

JS + AS = SS (24 May 2010 - )

Some sentiments are best expressed in verse

Linda Pastan is a poet who deals mostly in subjects of parenting, family and loss.  A Perfect Circle of Sun is her first book, published 1971.  Interestingly, Linda Pastan lives in Potomac, Maryland, a suburb that is a stone's throw away from where I live. 

To appreciate the poem below, the most relevant fact to keep in mind though is this: Linda is a woman, and a mother multiple times over.  [After yesterday, so is my wife.]

Notes From The Delivery Room
Linda Pastan
A Perfect Circle of Sun

Strapped down
victim in an old comic book,
I have been here before,
this place where pain winces
off the walls
like too bright light.
Bear down a doctor says,
foreman to sweating laborer,
but this work, this forcing
of one life from another
is something that I signed for
at a moment when I would have signed anything.
Babies should grow in fields;
Common as beets or turnips
they should be picked and held
root end up, soil spilling
from between their toes -
and how much easier it would be later,
returning them to earth.
Bear up...bear down...the audience
grows restive, and I'm a new magician
Who can't produce the rabbit
from my swollen hat.
She's crowning, someone says,
but there is no one royal here,
just me, quite barefoot,
greeting my barefoot child.


  1. 一棵樹除非在春天開了花,否則難望在秋天結果。..................................................

  2. Congratulations! S is for...?

    - Meera

  3. M - Thanks! S is for Siddhant (= principles) to go with Nishtha (= commitment)