Madrigal for the newly pregnant

It’s past escapes
It won’t be long
It’s taking baby steps

Towards a giantess’ song
Becoming of another
It’s a same old song

On my hair it’s a feather
In my belly too
There’s you World no other

It’s in you
I’m like you

Taking baby steps
It’s past escapes

From Early Works by Alice Notley. Copyright 2023 by Alice Notley. Reprinted with the permission of Fonograf Editions.