, October 02, 2022

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Superhero Pregnant Woman


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Superhero Pregnant Woman
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Intro by Ted Kooser

Dill pick­les with straw­ber­ry jam? Preg­nant women are known to go for late night meals like that. And the sens­es can go hay­wire. Here Jessy Ran­dall, of Col­orado Springs, gives us a look at one such woman.


By Jessy Randall

Her sense of smell is ten times stronger.  
And so her husband smells funny;  
she rolls away from him in the bed.  
She even smells funny to herself,  
but cannot roll away from that.  

Why couldn’t she get a more useful superpower?  
Like the ability to turn invisible, or fly?  

The refrigerator laughs at her from its dark corner,  
knowing she will have to open it some time  
and surrender to its villainous odors.


American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright © 2007 by Jessy Randall. Reprinted from “A Day in Boyland,” by Jessy Randall, published by Ghost Road Press, 2007, by permission of the author. Introduction copyright © 2022 by The Poetry Foundation.


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