To the Cops Who Searched My House
When the on-call doctor calls 9-1-1 and reports a baby at risk, I knowyou have to lights-and-sirens to my address, face me in my t-shirt and pajama pants,and ask, Where’s your baby? And when I point to my belly, I know you still have tocheck, even in the washing machine, a hiding place I hope has never turned upa missing anyone. I can tell you guys spike beach volleyballs on weekends, crashin girls’ apartments when you’re too loaded even to walk home along the esplanade.I bet the two of you mostly use condoms, even in your trucks parked just beyondthe piers with their rainbows of light strings. I explain I’ve never met this doctorwho must have misunderstood when I tried to tell her I might not have the baby.There, in my living room, both of you, all suntanned and sidearmed, somehow sayeasily—Ma’am, that’s not the same No, it’s not Not at all—back and forth to each otheras if passing a box of something, maybe seawater, without spilling a single drop.
Copyright © 2018 by Kristin Robertson
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Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission
Kristin Robertson is the author of Surgical Wing (Alice James Books, 2017). Her poetry appears recently in The Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, and Prairie Schooner, among other journals. She has received a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and is the winner of the inaugural Laux/Millar Raleigh Review Poetry Prize. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
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