First Poem for Scottie

Welcome to the mess, wee rogue wizard.  

We’ve been waiting for you, and not just

because you might help the polar bears, 

in a little while.  I’m guessing you’ll love

penguins, cuttlefish, and urchins, too,

not just because your Mama and I do, but

since you’re likely Piscean, in more ways

than one (I’m guessing).  Hey, it’s not 

just a mess.  You’re here, after all.  

There are these big trees, and over

there, to your left, the ravens are 

lining up on that mountain, which 

different people can access, in their 

own ways—we can hope.  Maybe 

you’ll design green machines, later,

to engage those folks who want to fly.  

You don’t have to plan stuff, just yet.  

Enjoy your first moments, not just 

because it’s today, but every day.  

Rest, knowing your Mama, 

who is one fierce duck, as kind 

as a sloth, and as smart as the 

wolves next door (who get a bad

rap, but deserve better) is watching.

Published by:

Diane R. Wiener

Diane R. Wiener is the author of the full-length poetry collection, The Golem Verses (Nine Mile Press, 2018), the poetry chapbook, Flashes & Specks (Finishing Line Press, 2021), and the forthcoming poetry chapbook, The Golem Returns (swallow::tale press, 2022). Her poems also appear in Nine Mile Magazine, Wordgathering, Tammy, Queerly, The South Carolina Review, Welcome to the Resistance: Poetry as Protest, Diagrams Sketched on the Wind, Jason’s Connection, the Kalonopia Collective’s 2021 Disability Pride Anthology, and elsewhere. Diane’s creative nonfiction appears in Stone Canoe, Mollyhouse, The Abstract Elephant Magazine, and Pop the Culture Pill. Her flash fiction appears in Ordinary Madness; short fiction is published in A Coup of Owls. After serving as Guest Editor for Nine Mile Literary Magazine’s Fall 2019 Special Double Issue on Neurodivergent, Disability, Deaf, Mad, and Crip poetics, Diane was appointed as the magazine’s Assistant Editor. The Founding Director of the Syracuse University Disability Cultural Center (2011-2018), Diane now serves as a Research Professor and as the Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute (Syracuse University College of Law); she also teaches in the Renée Crown University Honors program. Diane has published widely on disability, pedagogy, and empowerment, among other subjects. She blogged for the Huffington Post between May 2016 and January 2018. Diane is the Editor-in-Chief of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, housed at Syracuse University.

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5 thoughts on “First Poem for Scottie”

  1. Love this.  An appropriate sentiment for all newborns. Love you, freddie 
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