Friday, December 25, 2015

what i want to ask mary and everyone like her

The movies only show
the before and after.
They find a place to labor
and next thing you know
the baby is born, there’s laughter
and new life to savor

the babe swaddled
the cow lowing
the manger proportioned perfectly for paintings

but
how did they cut the umbilical cord
I want to ask Mary and
everyone like her

that part we never see

and
how does it feel when God kicks inside
growing
stretching your skin
in those early stages of pregnancy
does he make you sick
does he make you crave strange foods
so you grow heavier than you want
how do you find sleep
in your third trimester
does the baby hear your prayers
for deliverance
does he want it too
is he distressed by your distress
how do you stay happy
when your feet hurt

and
now that the baby is here
are you ready to lose more sleep
have you prepared yourself
that you will never be able
to clean up all the messes he makes
how will you carry on
when he says something
you would never dream of saying to others
when his actions are out of your control

are you ready for the detachment
that is sure to come
as the baby becomes a boy
and the boy becomes a man
and dies
and how do you think it will feel
when he comes back to life
and meets you with a sword
that pierces your soul
a pain more intense than labor
and so a life more full than the child’s

this is what I want to ask Mary
and everyone like her



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what i want to ask mary and everyone like her
by troy cady










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