My mother says my birth was quick! Forty-five minutes after she got to the hospital i arrived. She had been out on a boat that day bobbing and bouncing on the St. Lawrence River in Ontario. I like to think the waters rocked and rolled me into the perfect position to make my way into this world. This birthing at midlife however is a different experience!
Years ago i wrote this poem,
I long for an epidural for the
pain of this midlife birthing,
a C-Section to speed things along
take this burgeoning life inside me,
lay him out on the table
tidy her up,
cut the umbilical cords
set them free
Instead, a long pregnancy
I wonder if I am overdue
With no fetal monitor
I question if the
small and precious bundles inside
are still breathing?
“Your children are not your children”
says Kahill Gibran
“They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself.”
Does that go for these stirrings within me too?
Rumblings indicate there are more
than twins awaiting light of day.