A Child Beneath Her Breast (For the Creative Poetry Group)

A Child Beneath Her Breast (For the Creative Poetry Group)


A couple longs for a baby.




She longs to nurture a baby

beneath her breast,

but her periloud body deceives her.

Ticking of her biological clock mimicks

her need to conceive.

Pertinacious hope lingers.


Visions of pregnancy entertains her thoughts.

Dill pickels with ice cream,

late night cravings.

Belly expanding as the fetus grows

in her womb.

Lamaze classes preparing them for

the journey ahead.

Eyes brim as she visualizes her

husband cutting the umbilical cord

from the babies navel.


A cradle of recant dreams want allow

her to give up.

Nursery rhymes, bed-time stories

dance in her head.

Two a.m. feedings,

Exhausted from lack of sleep,

flourish her with anger that her body

has turned against her.


Each pregnancy test that is negative

her dream is dampen with despair.

The emptiness she feels nauseate her.

Discharge of continual shifting emotions

strangle her.

Husband and kinder tell her it's time

to adopt.

He murmurs, "We'll still be parents."

She nods in agreement.


Life has reimbursed her a chance to

be a mom, not a child her and her husband made, but a generous gift from a stranger.

Raspy cries fill the nursery, as she places

a bottle in its mouth.

Tears of contentment coarse down her cheeks, as she realizes she is nerturing a

baby beneath her breast.






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Great poem!

Posted 11 Years Ago

great job, well done.

Posted 12 Years Ago

How well you express the desparate emotions some feel when they feel their bodies betray them. And yet, through different means they are able to achieve their dreams. So well expressed. :)

Posted 12 Years Ago

This is a beautiful poem, but it saddens just the same. The visual masterpiece you've painted has the ability to strike a chord with any woman, mother or not. Your words all go together so beautifully, even those that are painful to read. I loved reading this! You are a unique writer, talented just the same = ]

Posted 12 Years Ago


Posted 12 Years Ago

A very emotional piece. I shed a few tears for her, sad tears as well as happy tears. This is awesome!

Posted 12 Years Ago

Sometimes the desire and maternal clock ticks so loudly and this write is excellent at conveying such a feeling xx

Posted 12 Years Ago

Awesome write ! highly creative and beautifully portrayed ..... an emotion every second woman goes through a true master piece.

Posted 12 Years Ago

The urge is very strong with some and the pain of not getting there very real. the option to adopt is such a good one. this is a moving social comment and one that so many can identify with. Great writing.

Posted 12 Years Ago

I think you still very much want a child of your own loins and to nurture this gift only reminds of it on a daily basis. I think You only agreed to adoption to placate your husband, and though this chils is truely a gift this child is not the fruit you wish to bare!. Beautifull and painfull all in one. Amazing write!

Posted 12 Years Ago

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Added on June 26, 2011
Last Updated on June 26, 2011



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