The First Child Born in Outer Space

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
and awkward
like climbing a tree
or jumping off a roof.

Continuous free-fall
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.

Vigeland fetus CC-BY-NC-SA by rwhgould

5 thoughts on “The First Child Born in Outer Space

  1. A Carlson

    Umbilical cord space birthing method: kicking off of a wall while holding onto a rope, pregnant person slowly floats in one direction, and then, they pull the rope stopping of a sudden. The baby keeps going until it pops out.

  2. akima tendo

    In the Name of Nonviolence, avoiding aggression, and Nonsinning, avoiding harm to others – leave Earth/Terra… LEAVE 1984 AND War Without End BEHIND. Humans – now Terrans – will have to find new ways to live… or the coming Spacers – Space Children – will think they are in Hell. How about a Constitutional Republican mortal state, Liberal Democratic mortal society, and Welfare Capitalist mortal marketplace – and No One Worships Money or Power any more. No Perfection – but Livable Worlds for all. Leave Consenting Adults alone and protect the Future. Remember Star Trek’s Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations and Nome (All)? Star Wars’ “May The Force be with you – always?” May The Space Truce may passed on – Always! Buddha, Tao, Kami (Gods), and Megami (Goddesses) Bless from this humble little Japanese Girl.


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