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Monday, May 11, 2009

Being Born is Important



Being born is important
You who have stood at the bedposts
and seen a mother on her high harvest day,
the day of the most golden of harvest moons for her.

You who have seen the new wet child
dried behind the ears,
swaddled in soft fresh garments,
pursing its lips and sending a groping mouth
toward the nipples where white milk is ready~

You who have seen this love's payday
of wild toil and sweet agonizing~

You know being born is important.
You know nothing else was ever so important to you.
You understand the payday of love is so old,
So involved, so traced with the circles of the moon,
So cunning with the secrets of the salts of the blood~
It must be older than the moon, older than the salt.

~Carl Sandburg

1 comments:

Joy Johnston said...

Thankyou Marina for this poem.

The universal nature of deep truth about life, such as the truth so beautifully expressed in this poem, reminds me that we who know birth are the keepers and guardians of a precious treasure.

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