Our first baby grew no larger than a grain of rice
puffed from the heat,
curled like a pinky on a writer’s hand.
They said it was gone before it left
my body and sent it home with me like a grade.
We went to a diner in an old trolley car.
I had tea and toast:
the provisions of sickness.
The city streets stretched out before us
like so many long equations.
I thought of my womb as a cul-de-sac
where a child would ride
in that rotation of nearing home to pass it.