Summer 2012

Table of Contents - Vol. VIII, No. 2


Poetry    Fiction    Translations    Reviews   

Kathryn Jacobs


Hospital Babies

(For Ray, who didn't make it)

So many wrinkled babies, filed away
like index cards in incubated glass
by high-paid clerks in scrubs. A wall of slots,
each with their separate letter: baby B.
The mind takes over: "primate, certainly."
Although they look a lot like porcupines
all-over acupuncture: stainless steel
with plastic drips attached—
Get over it.
A drink of water, bathroom: stay awake.

A brand new person with an old-man face
and grimaces that suck, sporadically.
They look like closet babies: wide-eyed blink.
Face, taut from listening to rustle-sounds
and fearing he’ll be next. He waver-smiles
at all the high-paid clerks who puncture him.

Try not to touch the buttocks. Empty sacks
with bones inside; you hate to diaper him.

One wrinkled baby (Can I iron him?)
I know, bad joke. It works though; I'm still sane.


© Kathryn Jacobs


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