Postpartum – An Hourglass Nonet
On most days, my eyes were on the clock.
A baby strapped to my left breast,
struggling with the overflow.
I watched the minutes pass.
Nights rolled into days,
of malted milk
to feel hydrated.
Yet I was time-thirsty.
I couldn’t embrace postpartum.
Maternal instincts kicked in late.
On most days, I wished time would flow fast.
©Kavya Janani. U
An hourglass nonet is a slightly tweaked form of the traditional nonet. In this, you combine a nonet and a reverse nonet to give the poem the shape of an hourglass.
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