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featured poet – Jo Roach

Jo Roach



The market not so far
even with a belly aching
it not so far. Some days
the water heavy, but that is so.
Soon I bring back cotton
from the market near Arusha
for the child my daughter
carry in her belly.
Carrying a child not so hard
as carrying the water.
Soon her waters break.
If it a girl, I teach her
how to carry, then
where to sell the water.
When I old bones
too old to carry
my daughters with strong backs
will carry to the market,
to the market near Arusha.

Jo Roach

previously published in Poetry London
and in Pen International