is what they’re after
in this together
in their family doctor’s
humdrum familiar room

A Day 21 progesterone level
indicative of ovulation

She hopes it works    biochemistry
traced colour in mist
dissemination of knowledge

the past’s milky trace    revealed
in microscopic densities of sperm
a dividing line of 20 million/ml

The letter of referral might do the trick
She hears it happens    the body deciding
a quick fix

She’s not thinking    waiting list times
she’s not thinking    INFERTILE

though they’ve come
to have their fortunes told
to know the future


from Window for a Small Blue Child, Carcanet, 2007

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