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Organogenesis | Danielle Weeks

There is going to be another baby

She builds her eyes first

so she knows, from the inside

Little glass body that could become

her own enemy, infinite

pattern. When you are older

you will lose everything, too, even

the skin you have grown

yourself, you will understand

We don’t have time for the weather

to forgive us. Now she holds

the breathing world in her mouth

Now we are in these difficulties

There is no room to step

off to the side, just for a second

She doesn’t know all the trouble gone

to sleep, to white. Mother

eating herself, too weak to wake

A hunger is all we had in common

Every new shape is meat

or a mouth just beginning to open

*The lines “There is going to be another baby” and “Now we are in these difficulties” are borrowed from Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscure

Danielle Weeks earned her MFA in poetry through Eastern Washington University’s creative writing program. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Crab Creek Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, and Salt Hill, among others. Read more about her and her work at



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