Saturday, May 9, 2009

wishes for sons, by Lucille Clifton

Giuseppe Verdi - "Questa donna conoscete?", La Traviata
with Raina Kabaivanska & Piero Visconti

i wish them cramps.
i wish them a strange town
and the last tampon.
i wish them no 7-11.

i wish them one week early
and wearing a white skirt.
i wish them one week late.

later i wish them hot flashes
and clots like you
wouldn't believe. let the
flashes come when they
meet someone special.
let the clots come
when they want to.

let them think they have accepted
arrogance in the universe,
then bring them to gynecologists
not unlike themselves.



RNSANE said...

Well, as the mother of three sons, I may have wished them something like this at various times in their lives! I keep thinking they'll get payback when they become parents! This was great, Manuela!

manuela said...

I think most women have wished these for most men, but I find it particularly poignant coming from a mother to her son(s).

i am glad you like it.