A Birthmother’s Catechism

by Carrie Etter

How did you let him go?
 
With black ink and legalese
 
How did you let him go?
 
It’d be another year before I could vote
 
How did you let him go?
 
With altruism, tears, and self-loathing
 
 How did you let him go?
 
 A nurse brought pills for drying up breast milk
 
 How did you let him go?
 
 Who hangs a birdhouse from a sapling?