From my Flickr favorites: 1. bisous, 2. Day 12: What Not To Expect, 3. pregnant with my daughter, April 2004., 4. old stories, 5. Mother and Child, 6. Untitled, 7. wrapped in blue, 8. Sarah and her family framed by rainclouds, 9. The World's Most Perfect Person., 10. hutch 3 079, 11. kangaroo mother, 12. just born, 13. image4, 14. James and Carmel Birth Stool Contraction 8, 15. my legend., 16. Mama & Daughter
Now That I Am Forever With Child, by Audre Lorde
How the days went
while you were blooming within me
I remember each upon each--
the swelling changed planes of my body
and how you first fluttered, then jumped
and I thought it was my heart.
How the days wound down
and the turning of winter
I recall, with you growing heavy
against the wind. I thought
now her hands
are formed, and her hair
has started to curl
now her teeth are done
now she sneezes.
Then the seed opened
I bore you one morning just before spring
My head rang like a fiery piston
my legs were towers between which
A new world was passing.
I can only distinguish
one thread within running hours
You, flowing through selves
(Yes, I'm sharing this one again. I could read it every day.) I hope all the Mamas - past, present, and yet to be - have a beautiful weekend, surrounded by those you love, and those who love you - be they little or big, or still in your dreams. And I thank you for sharing in this journey of motherhood with me every single day. I feel truly honored that you do so.