Labour Pains

Pain circumvents our fearssqueezes relentlessly Still we proceedwithholding complaint for this is labour –a trial that harnesses depth of determinationunfathomable focus Somewhere along the processan instantaneous shift there is wonder to beholdand indescribable bliss Birth is happeningand they’ll be no going back. (Art mine)

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These are Warriors

Younger women than I are giving birth, unaware of indifference; joyous expectancy blotting out smells of disinfectant, and decay – I am invisible to them, my daughters. Babies they are, bringing forth life, unripened souls, hopeful, ignorant, unaware that I know what violations have planted the seeds, am no stranger to the cruelties of humanity, […]

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Lessons From A Newborn

Rest; nap as often as you need, life can be exhausting; store up. Cry; let your feelings be known; your voice is your saving grace. Joy is a whole body experience, immerse yourself in total delight. Hold on to those who love you; your survival depends on them. See the world through new ideas; you […]

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Welcoming New Life

The world awaits, Little One. While you slumber in your watery cocoon, loving arms ache to hold you, adoring eyes long to behold your perfection. You are a miracle, Baby Child. The mother, whose body has sustained you, craves to smell your newborn essence; a father is bursting with pride. Fear not the process, Sweetness; […]

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Growing Wings

“Thank you for being here, Mom.”  The exhaustion in my daughter’s voice was echoed in her face.  The epidural had finally kicked in, and we were all feeling a sense of relief.  It was 5 a.m.  Her first contraction had hit at 1:20 the day before, as we were walking home from a lunch out. […]

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