Title: Johnny Crowning

Author: Anna Jackson

In: Sport 22: Autumn 1999

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, March 1999

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 22: Autumn 1999

Johnny Crowning

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Johnny Crowning

You crowned for a very long time, you know.
You paused poised at the threshold.
You stopped at the end of me.

Then I was cut and you tore out of me
like a sob. You were a bubble of air
bigger than my lungs, quite round.

I just pushed once and you surfaced in an instant.
Hauled out of the pool by the midwife
you were suddenly solid on me

like a little round rock above sea-level,
still slippery wet in mid-air
on my midriff.

Little prince, little toad.