roe v wade poem #2

during the great depression my aunt

cooked for the road crew her husband

worked on: pittance pay for both

they had a toddler couldn't afford

another child so when my aunt got

pregnant she aborted herself –

probably with the time-honored

coat hanger – got septicemia nearly

died – two weeks in the hospital could

never have another child never told

our family – how do I know all this? her

best friend confided in me late in her

life and I have told no one till now

2021 Jacqueline Jackson

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