“The Planned Child” Poetry Response
“The Planned Child” is pretty much about not getting what you want. The author was mad about how her mother “had taken a cardboard out of his shirt from the laundry as if sliding the backbone up out of his body, and made a chart of the month and put her temperature on it, rising and falling, to know the day to make me.” Her mother was keeping track of her ovulation cycle to see which day she would possibly have her child. This angered the author. She claims “I would have liked to have been conceived in heat, in haste, by mistake, in love, in sex, not on cardboard, the little x on the rising line that did not fall again.” She did not want to be a planned child. She wanted to be unexpected until in stanza 2 she says ‘