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Driveway Chat about Baby Penises

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Upstairs and sleeping soundly
my neighbor says
his placid second child,
this time a son,
arrived two weeks ago,
today had foreskin clipped
by a doc who circumcises
at his office.

This techie dad
at his monster green recycling bin,
stuffs folded cardboard
from baby swing,
double stroller,
newborn diaper packaging,
says clinic cushioned seats
had been soft
and there was music wafting
at no more cost
than if the procedure had been done day one.
Doc chatted up stats on states that do
and don't snip widely,
the whys: religion, Medicaid,
the status of the adult penis.

It strikes me when I walk inside
I do not know
the baby's name and weight.


Mary Ellen Talley‘s poems have recently been published in Raven Chronicles, U City Review and Ekphrastic Review as well as several anthologies. She is active in two poetry critique groups and takes writing classes at Seattle’s Hugo House. Her poetry has received two Pushcart Nominations. She is an empty nester of two, wife, writer, active grandparent of four and spent her┬ápre-retirement working life as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) for Seattle Public Schools.


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Marvelous! Such an issue for some, eh? I love how you tackled it.
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