After Su Tung P'o

By Heather McHugh b. 1948 Heather McHugh

ON THE BIRTH OF A SON

When a child is born, the parents say
they hope it's healthy and intelligent. But as for me—

well, vigor and intelligence have wrecked my life. I pray
this baby we are seeing walloped, wiped and winningly anointed,

turns out dumb as oakum—and more sinister. That way
he can crown a tranquil life by being

appointed a cabinet minister.

Heather McHugh, "After Su Tung P'o", in Eyeshot © 2003 by Heather McHugh and reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press. www.wesleyan.edu/wespress

Source: Eyeshot (Wesleyan University Press, 2003)

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Poet Heather McHugh b. 1948

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Living, History & Politics, Social Commentaries, Parenthood