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Michael Simms: Meconium

A few days after my daughter was born

she passed the last stool

of meconium,

a viscous dark tar,

olive-green, shaped like a flower,

odorless, composed

of what she digested

in the womb: epithelial cells

of her own intestine, lanugo,

mucus, bile and of course

amniotic fluid,

the womb-water where she floated

dreaming of God.

Wiping her, I felt at first disgusted,

as if I were cleaning up

after my dog

but then I remembered this

is my daughter and this

dark tar is her mother’s

womb still clinging


it is sacred, the way

soil clinging to the seed

of a new shoot

pushing out of the earth

is sacred, the seed

somehow understanding

its joyful task.

My new daughter laughed

for the first time

at the small

pleasure of passing waste

made pure

by the loving hands

of a man who suddenly thinks

Holy Shit

From Nightjar by Michael Simms. Copyright 2021.

Michael Simms is the founding editor of Vox Populi. His collections of poems include Nightjar (2021) and American Ash (2020), both published by Ragged Sky Press, Princeton.

15 comments on “Michael Simms: Meconium

  1. Bosselaar Laure-Anne
    May 16, 2023

    What a gorgeously, beautiful, moving and touching shitty poem, friend.


    • Vox Populi
      May 17, 2023

      Hahaha. Thanks, Laure-Anne. Yes, some shit is sacred.



  2. Dinah Kudatsky
    May 16, 2023

    You stuck the landing, Michael. Perfect, and perfectly awesome!


  3. abby zimet
    October 2, 2021

    talk about nailing the end. well done

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Rose Mary Boehm
    October 2, 2021

    Still smiling. Yay!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Barbara Huntington
    October 2, 2021

    Yep. Holy Shit!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Arlene Weiner
    October 2, 2021

    Love this.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. kim4true
    October 2, 2021

    Holy Shit, Michael!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Mrosenberg
    October 2, 2021

    This is so good. At least I think so after reading it only a few times. I’ll get back to you next month, maybe in the Spring. Bravo, Brutha.

    Liked by 1 person

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