Writing Prompt #143 “The Empress” – Babies


From the very first day

You were with child.

But you never let on

After all it was

An embarrassment, a shame

A time for family to shun and exile you.

For their own good, of course.

Later you showed a penchant for pregnancy.

Was it because the first was taken from you?

That your wishes, your considerations

Were never the ones of those who decided.

Their public humiliation so great

They’d never raise their heads

Within their small and sheltered community.

So child was not spoken of again

You suffered in silence with only me to blame

As you didn’t consider the sin of the guilty.

I served as a convenient whipping post

‘If only I’d had said something,’ you said

‘But why?’ I asked, ‘the child was not mine.’

To make up for this indiscretion

You worked passionately at pregnancy

Six more followed as you basked in the glow

Proudly showed your bump

Pretended it was my fault

When inside I know it made you whole.

You lauded it over me and anyone

Who challenged you, said it was your right

To have as many babies as you could,

Even when your body began to fail you

And I removed my ability to contribute.

You sat triumph on a mothers throne

Looking down on their tiny feet

Not so interested once they were here.

Rather you swanned victoriously

Conning every one who’d listen.

You fooled only one in the end.

Your throne is dusty and crusty

Wearing thin,

A lonely old woman

Atop a lonely old hill.


Written for: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/writing-prompt-143-the-empress/

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13 Responses to Writing Prompt #143 “The Empress” – Babies

  1. This is heart-breaking and tormented Michael, exceptional piece

  2. RoSy says:

    I think I know her.

  3. mj6969 says:

    Wow – what a vivid and very absorbing portrait painted here. And I sense it is deeply heartfelt and personal.

    But for the pain, there is the love of the ones who came into the world and are now of their own, some even with their own. And that is the joy and gift.

    Good write Michael 🙂

  4. Intense, real and raw! Absorbed me from the first word! Bravo!

  5. Lori Carlson says:

    Powerful writing, Michael… I’ve known women like this… had babies for the welfare check but cared little for the kids once born.

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