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Case Assessment

From: Cream City Review
Volume 37, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2013-2014
pp. 28-29 | 10.1353/ccr.2013.0055

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Though he works and worries, the farmer
never reaches down to where the seed turns
to summer

We are trying to decide
                if this is our son

growing six months
                in the body of a woman

her last name blacked out
                for privacy

we go over paperwork
                on lunch, meet

in the sculpture garden, they took
                the Rodin to storage

Monday, we have 48 hours
                to decide

you can’t keep everyone
                waiting: this girl, the thousand

couples who might become
                his parents

if we pass
                she is 18, enjoys cooking

and dancing with friends
                has finished high school, is willing
to seek counseling
                no self-reported

drugs or alcohol
                I wanted

the father there, all
                his information

in case my son
                ever asks, and so we’ll know

how to decide
                I wanted

more time, the document begins
                to blur: handwritten, then

photocopied, faxed
                faxed back

another artifact
                in the collection

ink on paper
                sonogram cloud

all of it goes
                into a box

beneath the bed
                which one day you will open

and put yourself together

Craig Beaven  

Craig Beaven has poems out or forthcoming in Cutbank, Carolina Quarterly, Green Mountains Review online, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and others. He was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Copyright © 2013 University of Wisconsin Board of Regents
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