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months of roiling
sickness abruptly end
in clenches of pain
five minutes apart

hospital sterility,
privacy on display
like a helpless animal
in a pet store window

as she’s put in
an open gown,
shorn, poked,
prodded, handled

a stranger’s hand
travels deep,
a ravishment
necessary to

turn a baby
stubbornly breach
but a violation
nonetheless

no knives, scalpels
life rips its way out
a bleeding relief
followed by rough

hands kneading
her abdomen, forcing
out the afterbirth,
pieces which fed

her child for months,
gave her life, provided
the energy for first screams
beautiful and lusty

she lies quietly as
shock sets in, shaking
violently beneath blankets,
teeth chattering

a tear sliding into
her hair as unseen hands
slip warmed socks
on her freezing feet

her eyes close against
rising salt as kind voices
gently soothe, cloth wipes
away blood, sweat

she’s just an ordinary
woman reenacting millennia
of life-giving, her body bearing
the brunt of humanity

and in this lies her
majestic essence, the
willingness to bring forth
the next tomorrow

to continue the unbroken
string of generations
first groaned into being
by Eve herself
*hamletspants' prompt: majesty

My daughter's birth was...difficult. Not sure if this one works; I had trouble with it.
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
Vividly realised.

It's curious that so much human suffering is caused by that huge cranium. The price of that enormous brain.
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Blueskye27 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
It's vividly felt, too, believe me. :)
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Melanophrionsa Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
A beautiful poem.
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Blueskye27 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you.
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Malandante Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I think it worked. Really put the reader in the position.
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Blueskye27 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
:w00t:
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Malandante Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
:hug:
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hamletspants Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
It definitely works.
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Blueskye27 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, sweet. Another one that gave me fits!
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amichan01 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008   Writer
I had c-sections with both of mine, but I can relate in a way. :) I had 14 hours of labor with my daughter (23 months old), and then a schedule c-section with my son (9 months old). Totally worth it both times, but hard in its own way, too. :)

Great poem! Details the glorious struggle that is bringing a new life into the world! :hug: :heart:
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