Naked, vulnerable strong, capable all at once I’m a living paradox the pain, the joy in my body, out of my body I’m mind-blowingly capable! Connected to the whole of Life! A doorway to the earth For her, my daughter And she is born, fleshy and slippery tenderly, reverently

Childbirth blows my mind I am more than what I think I am a threshold for all that is creative I am the both/and the physical, the spiritual, the light, the dark My mind has nothing to figure out anymore

Great Creative Force Love, Life, Light continue to flow through me As if I’m pregnant

I only have to allow you your course

Not to implore: Keepers of humanity’s unfolding why are we dying? in this sacred act?

We are the world’s collective mirror Reflecting the death of the feminine in every divided soul

but with each soul made whole what we see transforms

And we give birth

All we must do is Open squatting, hands and knees, breathing, moaning, finding our rhythm Together

What is inside will emerge in the world

Birthworkers Remember Balance doing with being You know how to surrender From this place of your true nature will your gifts spring forth and join with others

Think not in solutions but in evolutions

Birthworkers Remember It’s not about fixing or fighting It’s about conceiving and birthing

You only have to know what is yours to give and give it with love

Birthmothers shall rise held in that embrace

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Dear Carrie, This is such a beautiful poem, thanks for sharing. It is so realistic and so heart-touching, keep it up. Enjoyed reading it. We mothers of the world, let's embrace the challenges and rise together hand in hand. All the best, Jampa

Wow. I loved "balance doing with being". This poem feels like a steady stream of consciousness. The midwife in me was cheering :)

Ynanna Djehuty

Yay Ynanna! Thanks for cheering! This is one poem that I'm continually coming back to, with more and more understanding that our outer world is a reflection of whats happening inside; and that all change will come from inner change.

The do-ing without the be-ing fall out of harmony with the whole.

xo Carrie