Forever With Child

Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde is one of my heroes . She wrote a couple of my favorite poems. One of them is on my mind today because of my friend who became a mother today:

Now That I’m Forever With Child


“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…

…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

Since then
I can only distinguish
one thread within running hours
You, flowing through selves
toward You.”

-Audre Lorde


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2 Responses to Forever With Child

  1. clinock says:

    I am happy for your friend’s birth – I also have a friend who will give birth any day now – perhaps it is happening as I write. The poem is beautiful and, although I’m not a woman I can connect – I was present and helping at both of my son’s births and will never forget the pain and miraculous joy of that time…

  2. Yeah, it is bittersweet. For me I think it captures the same essence of the Gibran piece. You bring them into the world and watch them shoot like an arrow from you toward who they will be.

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