Children of My Thirties

Children dominated my past decade.
I married even before it began
within three years we started a family.
Trouble is: they never stayed longer than eight weeks.

They left us puzzled
paired in loss and blood.
Five in all we know
but never knew.

My wife retracted like a measure
and I drifted,
my heart a jonah
caught in the wail
of an embryo’s passing.



© 2002 Homer Christensen