Thursday, May 13, 2010

the womb

The womb grows quietly,
surrounding and guarding the new life within,
sealed until the right time.

A single round window softens,
its fibers are thinned and taken up,
ready for the opening.


The womb gives up its charge, silently closing.

The one in the womb grows quietly
in a warm, watery world.
Secure in a closed and protected space.

The wee one hears sounds from outside,
feels mother's laughter, her song, and her sobs.


Two people: mother with child.
They are together, sharing each moment.

The wee one knows joys and sadness,
loving and longing;
learning life's patterns from within that womb.

At the right time the wee one is guided to a place of readiness.
The round window becomes a vast opening.
The womb that held its treasure so patiently finds new strength
to powerfully and completely expel its contents.

There is a second womb waiting to receive the wee one.
A womb that is bounded by mother's arms, her loving face, and warm strong body.
Within the new womb are her breasts with a bountiful provision.

The child grows, knowing safety, warmth, satisfaction and peace in mother's arms.

Joy Johnston (May 2010)

3 comments:

Joy Johnston said...

In writing about the womb I reflected on the language we use to describe the wonderous natural processes of growing, birthing, and nurturing our babies.

'WOMB' is a beautifully rounded, whole word. Even the 'b' gives completion, closure after the fullness of the 'wom' sound. [As I write I am making these sounds]

'WOMB' is a word that stands alone. I don't know of any derivatives or expansions of this word.

Compare 'WOMB' with its technical/medical partner 'uterus'. When we speak the word 'uterus' there is no similar wholeness, fullness, or beautiful closure. 'Uterus', 'uterine', 'uteri': sounds like we are having a lesson in the extinct Latin language.


Similarly, what word can be used to accurately describe that amazing part of the womb that holds itself tightly closed, then becomes a vast opening? I have used 'window', yet that is inadequate. I know of no window that performs as this one does.

In technical terms, we refer to the cervix: the neck. It's a sphincter.

I wonder if there is a better word?

Joy Johnston said...

This post is mentioned at the ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) blog http://blog.ican-online.org/2010/05/16/best-of-the-birth-blogs-week-ending-may-16th/

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