Riverwalk, 37 Weeks Pregnant

Like the whoop of a student
tumbling from his dorm into January sun,
swaggering and young,…… spreads—

like the wide
scrawl on the concrete bridge:
I love Karin—…… …… (I love Nick!

look at those kids…… in their eloquent coats
aqua blue…… green as a jewel
shoving a boulder of grainy snow
through the rails of the bridge
crushing it…… …… SINK IT!…… …… no
it floats…… …… unstifled
those are my kids)

…… …… …… …… …… …… my cloud

sailing from my round sides
irrepressible omphalos…… …… overtakes everything:

all you joggers and staggering
drunks, all you
geese rising with your sharp cry
off the water, frighted
…… …… by oblivious…… joy.

Kjerstin Kauffman

Kjerstin Kauffman

Kjerstin Kauffman is a poet, essayist, and mother of five living in Spokane, WA. Her work appears in or is forthcoming from Gulf Coast, The Hopkins Review, Gingerbread House, 32 Poems, The Cresset, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.
Kjerstin Kauffman

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Author: Kjerstin Kauffman

Kjerstin Kauffman is a poet, essayist, and mother of five living in Spokane, WA. Her work appears in or is forthcoming from Gulf Coast, The Hopkins Review, Gingerbread House, 32 Poems, The Cresset, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.