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*Poetry Contest #9: First Place*

Poetry by Kathy Fisher

On Our Birthdays
Published January 9, 2016

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Poetry Contest #11
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On Our Birthdays

by Kathy Fisher

on our birthdays we need to
                                    thank our mothers
who squeezed
and pushed
with husbands                                        off-site
                                    cigars at the ready        
                                    while they waited
                                                  in suits        
                                           to celebrate

                                                   sons

mothers    
whose own mothers scolded them
                           told them
they were pregnant
             
too soon
                                    after marriage
             
too soon        
                                    after the birth of their first
                                                                    child

the doctor:  a man   hopefully with a kind
                                                                    hand   
          manner

the husband:  asleep at 6:32 a.m.  
while she toils the night through
  spreads hips                
no name on her lips
sounds          
                                 OH         and         
                                 AH         and
                                 AIEE

we need to thank our mothers
who had daughters         
                         twice in a row
                                         no
sons

who didn’t leave us
  in a snowdrift                    or
  at the police station           or
  put us up for adoption

mothers who
birthed babies at dawn
  or
            with in-laws
                   at lawn parties
            where
            suited husbands         
            poured scotch          
            passed around cigars
while she        
            pushed
                solo   surrounded by white coats   blue gowns        
            in hospital  
until                         
            8 lbs   2 oz of flesh
                                            breached her birth
            canal
            and her breast milk   dropped
                                   nipples  burst   
                                   as she nursed
her newborn

all the while the men         suckled cigars
                             swigged Johnny Walker         red  
                                                                         black
  and her                           
                             just off                             her back

the men toast         sigh
                    tied to
       the time         
       they might be delivered   
a son

what was it like for a wife
to birth a second
                        girl
              in a world
that screamed for
                        boys
especially to    the first son
    of      the first son
    of      the first son
    of      the first son
in a family which still
believed

that mattered


Biography of Kathy Fisher
Montreal-born, Edmonton-based, multidisciplinary artist is a wordsmith,
performer, producer, researcher, filmmaker, biographer, oral historian and
explorer. In April 2015 she joined
The Great Canadian PoeTrain Tour with
stops in Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.
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Poetry Contest #9 Results

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1st -
"On Our Birthdays" by Kathy Fisher.
2nd -
"Finders" by Kathy Fisher.
3rd -
"Adam Never Ate the Fruit" by Sharon Goodier.

Seven Runners Up (In random order)
-"Later Trains" by Anna Yin.
-
"The Odyssey" by Anna Yin.
-
"Wash Away" by Catherine A. MacKenzie.
-
"Disrupting Chronology and Definitions" by J. J. Steinfeld.
-
"through spaces between words" by Jovan Vuksanovich.
-
"Biauguraphy" by Luke R. J. Maynard.
-
"A Mighty Insult (Upon an Anthology of Canadian Poetry)" by Luke R. J. Maynard.

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