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Birthdays!

 They are me.
 They are of me and they are more than me.
 They are two sweet sips of beauty
 steeped in the language of dreams,
 earth, sky, fog, clouds and undiluted blue streams of girl song.
 Their innocence sings of worlds I once knew.
 They are my first and second born in one birth.
 The first an airy indigo guru full of wisdom and sight.
 The second a solid ginger prayer bundle
 burning with an intense fire.
 They are two but more than two.
 They are my many poetic stories happening at once.
 I was once a simple woman with not much voice, a hollow bell.
 Motherhood struck the chord brought me forward with sound,
 inducted me into the tribe of poetic prayer tongue,
 transformed me into a holy roller of words and worlds,
 straddled me across the abyss of both pain and joy,
 marinated me in the juice of what my daughters have made me;
 a fierce mother Eagle, a Hawk, but mostly a Phoenix rising
 wingspan wide with the one true color, compassion.
 A poet mama bird feeding herself, her babies and others on words.
 So, when I speak of multiple birth, I am including myself too.
 My girl self grew from the food of woman talk
 and wise from woman ways,
 growing upward and round
 with the power of circles,
 embracing hearts, arms and hips
 with the carriage of large loads:
 babies, joy, and the dark root of sorrow.
 On this journey of becoming momma, mom and mother
 I have gone beyond bone
 the passage brought me back with a stretched soul;
 made me wide by my only two true epic poems,
 I am kept alive by their telling
 and my wings are flared with hope and redemption.
 They show me how in everything we do
 no matter what, we touch the world.
 I am a roughrock smoothed by kissing water
 raining double blessings down
 with the best of both earth and sky.


For more from Asheville, NC's performance poet Glenis Redmond, visit glenisredmond.com.
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Author:Redmond, Glenis
Publication:New Life Journal
Date:Dec 1, 2003
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