“for my future babies,” a Poem by India Lena González

From the Collection fox woman get out!

September 14, 2023  By India Lena Gonzalez

the heartbeats in the room
have mostly disappeared but
this patch of forest is mine to give you

to my sons
it’s been whole lemons & strawberries

having such little bodies
to dedicate my time to
all our baths

pink calamine like dalmatian spots
your growing into ankles

i hope you recall your childhood
as watercolors out back
as long hair being combed through

to my daughter
you are cool light
before the sun dies

(o how i revere you!)

how you take your earthen feet
crawl your way up my bare legs
to my stomach to my chest

when we are face to face
you rub my head with honeyed hands
give me a quick kiss before climbing bigger trees

darlings, would you believe me if i told you
that i’ve stretched my arms
so long
to hold you throughout

that i was born pregnant
with the very vision of


From fox woman get out! by India Lena González. Copyright © 2023. Available from BOA Editions, Ltd.

India Lena Gonzalez
India Lena Gonzalez
India Lena González is a poet, editor, and multidisciplinary artist. She received her BA from Columbia University and her MFA from NYU’s Creative Writing Program. Her work is published or forthcoming in American Chordata, The Brooklyn Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Harvard Review, Lampblack, PANK, Pigeon Pages, and Poetry Northwest, among others. fox woman get out! (BOA Editions) is her debut poetry collection. India is also a professionally trained dancer, choreographer, and actor and has had the pleasure of performing at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, St. Mark’s Church, 92nd Street Y, La Mama, New York Live Arts, and other such venues.

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