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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
~ Wax Poetry and Art: "On Our Birthdays" by Kathy Fisher ~
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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

We will fill in these spots as poems are published. Join the email list to receive updates.

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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