A Country Takes Joy in Good News


A Country Takes Joy in Good News

       aka:  our P.M is up the duff


A country takes joy in good news.

I got goose bumps this morning,

reading that our P.M. has conceived.

And that this happened during the

election campaign, surprises us

even more. The infant will be born

in June. Oh, give me no silly clichés

about one hundred day plans. How

the media had grilled her, on her election

to party leadership, as to her ‘baby’ plans.


What’s acceptable? What’s my choice?

Jacinda’s finger wagging in an interviewer’s

face is everywoman’s finger.


Unacceptable,  unacceptable, her voice rings.

Wow, girl. You were working overtime

for your hormones. We loved that passion.

Let her get on with it, running a country

And having a baby if she wants to. But,

OMG none of us expected it so soon.


Jacinda discloses now, just how surprising

the news her partner Clarke, (possible

IVF candidates) and she received — a month

and ten days into her Prime Ministership:

October thirteen, two thousand seventeen.

The gods were smiling for Jacinda, which

maybe, should be the title of this poem.


The pundits are out there calculating

some new firsts for history. Who cares! Other

than a welcome child is welcomed. A country

takes joy in good news.


Though Clarke declares he’ll be

a stay at home Dad, they make a gift;

it’s up to us to reciprocate, help her in

her chosen walk as an expectant mother

and  our P.M.


“a baby brought up by a whole village,

                                     a very large village.”


Our country takes joy in good news.


Benita H. Kape © 19.1.2018  (all rights reserved)


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