About My Birthday

By Marie Ponsot b. 1921 Marie Ponsot
I’d like to assume
from my April birthday,
I quickened the womb
on the 4th of July.

If you suffered as I
a sternly fought tendency
to endless dependency
you’d know why.

From Springing: New and Selected Poems by Marie Ponsot, copyright © 2002 by Marie Ponsot. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. Any third party use of this material, outside of this publication, is prohibited. Interested parties must apply directly to Random House, Inc. for permission.

Source: Poetry (May 2013).


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Poet Marie Ponsot b. 1921

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Birth & Birthdays

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