Sophia

Newby, Rhonda, picture of tatoo for poem SophiaBy Rhonda Newby-Torres

This piece was developed during the third Bartimaeus Institute Online (BIO) Study Cohort 2017-2018.  These pieces will eventually be published in a Women’s Breviary collection.  For more information regarding the BIO Study Cohort go here.

In the beginning

there was only darkness

Her thundering groans travel effortlessly through the night

as she rolls and bends through the pain

She wants to squat

but her knees will not unlock

Instead she tries to climb out of the pain

up and over it

She needs to escape

Her spirit jumps

back and forth

inside and outside her body

Momentarily watching from above

and then trying to hide somewhere in her bones

 

Suddenly something deep inside

drops her to her knees

thighs spread immensely

agony shoots through her being

hair and sweat cling to her neck as she wails into the night

Water breaks

Waves crash

She tastes the salty mist on her lips

Newly formed ocean swells and retreats

With her heavy pulse

 

Breath

Rest

 

Ages come and go

twirl in the air

anxious for the coming

Stars peek curiously from behind grandmother sun

whispering and giggling

 

She feels the fire

and knows it is time

She summons the angels for strength

steeling herself

And she pushes

from her back she pushes

from her bones she pushes

from somewhere far away she pushes

Bones crack

Loins rip

Sky is torn

She bears down

teeth clenched

 

With tears and sweat              she is born

With blood flowing                  she is born

With terror and haze              she is born

 

Pine     Must    Damp forest floor    fill the air

Flora and Fauna wake foggy eyed and wobbly

Chirps

Splashes

Laughter

Life

 

Mother

Exhausted and drunk in love

Picks up her child and inhales her scent

 

It is good    she mutters

And there was light.

 

 

 

 

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