Jennifer Niven – (Year 13, Samuel Marsden Collegiate, Wellington)

Life Cycles

I found a foetus in my egg
A fleshy body slopped into the bowl
Where a fat yellow yolk should have been
No sunny side for this guy

What’s up with you said dad
Period pain I said and went outside
To sit on the cold back steps
And listen to the six o’clock news
Drifting
           from the silhouette of
                     old Mrs Reiher’s open window

Then I found my little brother
(In his fat yellow fireman’s hat)
Hugged him, in case he didn’t know
That shit happens
And when you’ve grown up
You’re not supposed to cry about it