Editor’s Note: The poet writes, “After giving birth to four healthy children, I did not anticipate the sadness I experienced after this surgery. The poem, ironically, felt like a birth. A haiku may appear simple, it is not. We are structured by the number of syllables allowed in a haiku; we are structured, compelled to undergo surgery when it is the thing we must do. I am a clinical associate professor of family medicine at Alpert Medical School (AMS) of Brown University and a clinical psychologist.”
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