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Lament for an Unlicensed Child    
Creators: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer)
This is a cautionary Southern poem about the cost of improper procreation.
Posted: 01/17/10      [1 Comment] ~ 166 words.
 

Where is a place for an unlicensed child?
What is the fate of one born to parents free
Of marriage and child licenses filed
According to law and common decency?
What is the course that awaits one so styled?

Some say it's not the babe who is defiled
But rather the parents who sinned: they should be
Cast out for their misdeeds and both reviled
For an unlicensed child.

Does not the headstrong stud get colts as wild?
Does not the bitch breed true to her pedigree?
In the book of blood is the case compiled:
This is the future that family lines foresee
For an unlicensed child.

Sweet temptations wait - from theft to calumny -
For one who, perhaps, seems to start out mild.
A dutiful life holds no compelling plea
For an unlicensed child.

Past and present cannot be reconciled
Except by ejecting all anomaly:
The parents and offspring alike exiled.
No, there can be no place in society
For an unlicensed child.

Author's Notes

"Lament for an Unlicensed Child" is typical of Southern poetry, which favors rhymed and metered forms of some complexity. The rotary form is one I designed especially for the Empire. Social subjects are also popular there, in this case a justification for why unlicensed children -- and their parents -- tend to get shut out of decent society.

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