Twisting the day I was born

5o years 2 months 6 days ago,
2618 weeks and 2 days,
the 28th day of the fourth week of 1962.

Where were you?

At 3:24 a.m.
my momma was popping me out into the world
her second child, a girl,

while the radio at the nurses’ station
blared Joey Dee and the Starliters.
1-2-3 kick!
1-2-3 jump!
The nurses ignored my momma’s cries.
They twisted and kicked,
they twisted and jumped,
they twisted the Peppermint Twist
until my momma damn near delivered me herself.

Brenda Warren 2012


NaPoWriMo Day 3 where the prompt asked that we write a poem inspired by the song that was #1 on the day that you were born.  For me the song was “The Peppermint Twist,” by Joey Dee and The Starliters.”  …..and no, my mother did not almost deliver me herself, or if she did, I’ve yet to hear that story.

17 thoughts on “Twisting the day I was born

  1. I enjoyed your good-humored twist on the prompt! (And perhaps you should ask your mother while you can. There are many things I wish now I had asked MY mother.)


  2. Twisting your way out to the world, I like your version of your birth, Brenda, made me smile. Now I’m so tired, I’m going to bed.


  3. Fun and light-hearted poem, Brenda. I was probably sound asleep when you were born, dreaming my starry-eyed teenage dreams, never anticipating I would someday write poetry!


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