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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 daniellekayeweeks.com.

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