Friday, June 22, 2012

MM&M: The Scent of Birth

Here is the current Midwifery,Mothering & Me post, a poem. In my thousands of photos, a simple picture of a breeze pushing a curtain was not to be found. So, peaches will have to do. Enjoy!

May all babies be born into loving hands...

 K. Michelle Doyle, CNM, NYS LM

The Scent of Birth

The scent of birth is a heady perfume  

Its base note is loamy- earth, sweat, blood 
Aquiline top note - soft, clear water, salty tears, grassy newness 
Between another layer floats, subtle and persistent -clean wax of vernix 

The scent of birth surges  
Baby greets mother 
newborn hair anoints nipple and lips 

The scent of birth stays  
paperwork is done 
midwife's bags repacked 

The scent of birth lingers 
clinging to scrubbed hands and clean clothes 
It follows me home 

Crossing under lintel 
I hold out my wrist 
"Honey, smell this"  
He sniffs 
He shrugs -nothing there 

Vernal scents push kitchen curtain 
Lacy dance 
Wet earth, fresh cut grass, ozone, earthworms, damp blossoms

The scent of birth is here 
It was here all along 

~K Michelle Doyle
May all babies be born into loving hands

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