Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A Beautiful Poem

I just had to share this. It is in the new issue of Mothering Magazine (pg. 58, Sept-Oct 2008)
If anyone knows anything about this poet please let me know.

the woman speaks of birthing
After Langston Hughes's The Negro Speaks of Rivers

by Margaret Arabella Kenney

I've known birthing
Before creation
And older than the labor of mankind
My womb is the mother of life
I carried Adam when seeds
In the garden were gestating
I pushed the head of Cronos from
Between my legs and swaddled
Him in the sands of time
I was midwife to the moon and
Made her crib in my lodge
I wailed with Demeter's chorus
When armies stole children
Killed the land
And I've seen her barren lap
Turn poppy red with birth
In the spring
I've known birthing
Before god became a man

1 comment:

Molly said...

I don't have any additional info for you, but I LOVED this poem too. I'm online right now printing it out to read at a friend's mother blessing this weekend.

Best wishes,