My daughter’s womb

Do you know you have a womb?
You are so little you can hardly walk
You haven’t the language to say the word
And yet you have a womb.

Do you know that you were born with eggs
That will one day bleed into the world,
They grew inside me when I grew you
So your children have half-lived in my womb?

Do you know that we will one day speak
Of moon cups and tampons and pads and dreams?
I may teach you to chart so you can see
The beautiful seasons within your own body.

Do you know that a woman expands
Beyond the status of her fertility
That, whatever happens to your womb,
I want you to know your own creative power?

Do you know you have a womb?
You lived in mine then I gave birth to you
You latch my breast, gaze up and smile
With your six teeth, with your half-father half-mother eyes
It is only the beginning, too early to know what you will think of it ,
And yet you have a womb.

Image: Laurence Jarrett-Kerr


15 Comments

  1. Mum2BabyInsomniac
    July 23, 2012 / 7:43 am

    Beautiful x
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    • Adele Jarrett-Kerr
      August 1, 2012 / 8:09 pm

      Glad you think so. x

    • Adele Jarrett-Kerr
      August 1, 2012 / 8:08 pm

      Thank you!

  2. syreeta
    July 23, 2012 / 7:24 pm

    absolutely lovely and thought provoking xx

    • Adele Jarrett-Kerr
      August 1, 2012 / 8:08 pm

      Thanks lovely!

  3. Tracy
    July 24, 2012 / 8:16 am

    Isn’t it incredible. She was inside your mother’s womb once too! It blows my mind. Beautiful poem xxxx

    • Adele Jarrett-Kerr
      August 1, 2012 / 8:08 pm

      It is incredible!

  4. Martine Camps
    July 24, 2012 / 1:36 pm

    Yes, in this day of sexual brokenness how urgent and necessary it is to recover the wonder and beauty of womanhood for the sakes of all our children (the little women and men too. Talitha has ‘half-lived in my womb’ – what an awesome thought.

    • Adele Jarrett-Kerr
      August 1, 2012 / 8:07 pm

      I thought you might enjoy that thought!

  5. July 25, 2012 / 1:26 am

    Lovely. Soon after LLC was born I went through similar thought cycles reflecting on how one day she would give birth as I had just done!

    • Adele Jarrett-Kerr
      August 1, 2012 / 8:07 pm

      It is incredible, isn’t it? These little women we’re raising…

    • Adele Jarrett-Kerr
      August 1, 2012 / 8:06 pm

      Try one, Jane. You’ll never go back!

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