I AM A WOMAN

I am a woman
Soon to be a mother
I have not had a good life
Most people see past me
In labour I went for help
They sent me away
I couldn’t cope
I took something to ease the pain
When I went back
They took my baby
I had no one
No one cared
My birth was not on my terms
I miss my baby
Are you listening?

I am a woman
Soon to be a mother
I heard stories
Grandmothers took care of daughters
Daughters gave birth in community
Generations past born here
I wanted to birth in community
They said no
You must leave
I birthed alone
No one with me
Alone
I went home
I wanted to be home
Can you hear me?

I am woman
Soon to be a mother
I am new here
Things are different
My family is far away
They said it would be better
To have surgery
To pull my baby out
I listened
I let them
I didn’t understand
No one looked at me
I don’t know what happened
I am alone
Are you listening?

I am a woman
Soon to be a mother
I am young
My friends have left me
No one told me what to do
They don’t listen to what I want
I know my body
I feel my baby
I am to scared to talk
They talk over me
They talk through me
My baby is here
I need help
I am alone
Can you hear me?

I am a woman
Soon to be a mother
I know deep down
What my baby needs
Where my baby wants to be born
I search
They say I am much to far
To be alone
They cannot help
My baby was born
On the road
Birth happened
My baby was fine
But I was not
Are you listening?

We are women
We live
We laugh
We love
We birth
We are women
We know who we need
We know what we want
We know when we should
We know where we are
We are women
We are strong
We are smart
We are passionate
We are together
Can you hear us now?

-WM,2017

Mandala Painting – Womens Circle Mandala by Jean Fry

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