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Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Stillbirth

On a platform, I heard someone call out your name:
No, Laetitia, no.
It wasn’t my train—the doors were closing,
but I rushed in, searching for your face.

But no Laetitia. No.
No one in that car could have been you,
but I rushed in, searching for your face:
no longer an infant. A woman now, blond, thirty-two.

No one in that car could have been you.
Laetitia-Marie was the name I had chosen.
No longer an infant. A woman now, blond, thirty-two:
I sometimes go months without remembering you.

Laetitia-Marie was the name I had chosen:
I was told not to look. Not to get attached—
I sometimes go months without remembering you.
Some griefs bless us that way, not asking much space.

I was told not to look. Not to get attached.
It wasn’t my train—the doors were closing.
Some griefs bless us that way, not asking much space.
On a platform, I heard someone calling your name.

From A New Hunger by Laure-Anne Bosselaar. Published by Ausable Press. Copyright © 2007 by Laure-Anne Bosselaar. Included in Vox Populi by permission of the author.

3 comments on “Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Stillbirth

  1. Lollie Katz
    February 19, 2020

    Choking back tears. Tender, rhythmical, stirring

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jason irwin
    February 17, 2020

    powerful poem

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Noel Canin
    February 17, 2020

    This is the first poem by Laure-Anne Bosselaar I ever read and I have read it to myself, to others, a thousand times since. It is always alive, always organic, true to itself. Thank you for posting, Vox Populis. And thank you, always, Laure-Anne.

    Liked by 1 person

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