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msJAMA
November 1, 2000

it was too soon when I went down

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JAMA. 2000;284(17):2245. doi:10.1001/jama.284.17.2245-JMS1101-6-1

William Carlos Williams Poetry Contest Winners

FIRST PLACE

it was too soon when I went down
with pain my only midwife
but still she came
bound up in blood thick rope
that neither her weight or mine could break she,
a stranger
and me, a thin black girl
worn out
giving birth to a woman

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