Portrait of a Pre-Madonna

Teen Pregnancy
Who is she that looketh forth as the morning,
fair as the moon, clear as the sun,
and terrible as an army with banners?
Song of Solomon 6:10 KJV

Her look is anything but clear
a vacant beaten stare, slight fear;
She finds it hard to concentrate
upon her swelling change of state.

The gaze within her drop-out eyes
makes diapers float in teenage skies
where infant-formula rains down
while strollers crawl through baby-town.

Sweet nubile thing, your growing seed
will reap a crop of constant need.
For now, let’s hope it plays out well
for baby-daddy Gabriel.

Or was he Adam to your Eve ?
(scenario easier to conceive.)
He lost his rib — became your man;
you spread your legs and life began.

14 comments on “Portrait of a Pre-Madonna

  1. I know young people who still have this attitude in their twenties. They seem to have almost a total disconnect between sexuality and pregnancy and no consideration for the why a family needs to be built on a good foundation. Everything is reduced to instant gratification and the disaster that follows seems a complete surprise. We have failed in conveying so many important messages to the younger generation.

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    • Andrew says:

      Excellent commentary.

      I work around a lot of teen and young urban mothers. My poem was inspired by some of the clueless gazes I have beheld in the eyes of clients. Not all are that way – some are making a valiant effort and should be commended. But many are quite clueless and utterly state-dependent.

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      • NM has it’s own inner-city problems in the most rural areas of all but it’s the same trap. Too much ‘help’ robs people of their dignity and it is passed on from one generation to the next. Child abuse is epidemic here.

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      • Andrew says:

        I thought the teen pregnancy rate was high here in the Northeast – but it is even higher in the SW. I had the dubious privilege of living in Pinal County AZ in the late 1990’s which, at that time, was one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation. Very “traditional and family-oriented” societies indeed…

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      • Traditionally, people have married at a younger age here due mostly, to the pioneer type culture and lifestyle that was in place up until the sixties. We had culture shock here at that time when the modern culture swooped in. Instead of getting married young, kids instead, became sexually active. The messages of free sex without consequence in the media, over-ride everything else.

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      • Andrew says:

        Teen pregnancy is also a lucrative industry !

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  2. colonialist says:

    Well expressed!
    Sad when a number of girls dropping out of high school to drop offspring has become the norm.

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