The first child born in outer space
was an accident
the result of an impulse–a joke, almost–
between two people who don’t even like each other.
Sex was slippery
like climbing a tree
or jumping off a roof.
has advantages and disadvantages.
It’s a curse in the first trimester
and a blessing in the third.
Childbirth in space
is exactly the hell you’d imagine.
Gravity is no help,
and the father is a bully.
Our baby floats there
in a cloud of afterbirth
eyes open wide
too startled to cry.