Tuesday, April 14, 2020

“Prediction” by Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt


Prediction
Nine months from now,
after all this sequestering
is over, the ban is lifted
and we can leave our houses,
there’ll be a boom.
Thousands even millions
of babies coming into our
bruised and anxious world
after our season of quiet cloister.

There are only so many hands
of Solitaire we can play.
If babies are made
when the power goes out
and we go to bed
a bit earlier than usual
how much more
when we’re confined
to our homes
with only each other
for company?

I see the tiny bodies
forming even now,
knit together
with the strands
of our social isolation,
these new ones
bursting forth
from our collective
quarantine.

Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt’s stories, poems and essays have been published in Best Canadian Essays 2019 and Best Canadian Essays 2015, The Antigonish Review (forthcoming), Grain, EVENT, Prairie Fire, Malahat Review, subTerrain, carte blanche, Room, Crux, The Centrifugal Eye, Qarrtsiluni, The Occupy Anthology and Water Lines: New Writing from the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

Tanya has been nominated for a National Magazine Award as well as a Western Magazine Award and received a Canada Council Grant for her memoir manuscript, Peacekeeper’s Daughter. She holds an MA from McGill and an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC.
Read more about Tanya and her writing at https://tanyaallattbellehumeur.com/

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