Impending birth

I remembered that today is Saturday, Oracle Day and she gave me a lovely one!


Behind the banal, the breath of a child,
scented with the meadows of the other side,

red sky and blue laughter among the ghosts,
mother, father, through the mists, drawing you close

to break like day, like waves on a shore in green and gold,
pulsing with the light of the world, the music of the heart,

and your mother’s belly bleeds flowers
with no thorn, night-velvet, star-bright—

no words too wild
to poem this birth.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

29 thoughts on “Impending birth”

      1. True, and in any case, there’s not much you can do about it once you’re on that table. A first one is always tricky. She was a big baby and her partner’s family produce massive babies so she’s expecting it to be…difficult.

      2. I hope so! 7lb is pretty hefty for premature!
        The eldest was my biggest baby 8lb10oz. Another two were round the 8lb 8oz mark and the last one who was two weeks early was just under 8lb. I did have one right on the average weight 7lb 3oz. It’s likely hers is going to be big, but she’s quite a bit bigger than me so she should manage!

      3. They were a good weight but the eldest had post natal distress he was three weeks early and was in an incubator for a fortnight, the other two were early but born so cold…. As my Dr said I was just awkward 😃😃

  1. Gorgeous! Of course, the Oracle knows what’s going on in your life, but this is so much more. ❤️
    My poem starts with breath, and has sort of the same mood. You used so many words I almost used! 😀

    1. Thank you! The words are always there, but I don’t think I’ve ever picked them out before. Yes, she knows and gives us what we need to hear (as somebody said in Matrix).
      I’ll be right over to read yours.

  2. This is just about perfect–so much joy. I think I ended up with the same feeling of music and light–but I had to work for it today. The Oracle must have been looking at this Redon when she gave me stargardens. (K)

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