a poem for mothers

Posted on April 24th, 2016 by

pregnant belly

this poem really touched my heart when I found out that I was pregnant. I hope it resonates for you too:

nothing could have prepared

your heart to open like this


from beyond the skies and stars

the echo arrived inside you

and started to pulse with life;

each beat a tiny act of growth,

traversing all our ancient shapes

on its way home to itself

once it began, you were no longer your own.

a new more courageous you, offering itself

in a new way to a presence you can sense

but you have not seen or known

it has made you feel alone

in a way you never knew before;

everyone else sees only from the outside

what you feel and feed

with every fibre of your being.


never have you travelled further inward

where words and thoughts become half-light

unable to reach the fund of brightness,

strengthening inside the night of your womb.


like some primeval moon,

your soul brightens

the tides of essence

that flow to your child.


you know that your life has changed for ever,

for in all the days and years to come,

distance will never be able to cut you off

from the one you now carry

for nine months under your heart.


may you be blessed with quiet confidence

that destiny will guide you and mind you


may the emerging spirit of your child

imbibe encouragement and joy

from the continuous music of your heart,

so that it can grow with ease.

expectant of wonder and welcome

when its form is fully filled


and it makes its journey out

to see you and settle at last

relieved, and glad in your arms.

From Benedictus by John O’Donohue (Bantam Press, London 2007: pp.72-3)

come along to my sundays pregnancy yoga class 10:15-11:30am for nourishing energising yoga flow. We always work on strength and stability and move towards breathing and meditation.