An anticipated moment, The warmth and affection, in a safe space, for nine months And finally, with unbearable pain, I adjust to the change, The change of my safe space in human form, The change of our house becoming a home, The occasion of our love grown into a human, Seeing the world for the first time! I breathe and I think of the love, I think of the laughs, I think of the bedtime stories, That are yet to come. Through the pain, I hear voices, ‘breathe and push’ like a mantra, But it feels distant, for my mind is filled with life, Life of love, life of giving, life of a mother. They say "No pain no gain", I see why, for, with bearing the pain of labor, the fruits of happiness are harvested. Sound of cries emerge and the silent room fills with life, All I hear is cries, and the tears of pain become those of joy, And in that moment, I see purpose! Breathing in a daze, feeling numb, At an instant, the looming cloud of fear of what if vanished. As I hear the life, the cheers and the joy in the room, I feel alive! I feel happy and I feel the change and what a moment it was! My baby was placed in my hands, And I never had thought the weight of the world to be so light! Clouded eyes, blurry view, But a clear vision, of a happy family, Drew at the back of my mind. When I held my baby, in my arms, the entirety of the world was in my arms, The love and courage life gives, the life I gave birth to rewards me with, Truly makes this world, my world, a place to cherish, A place to live, and a place we all would call ‘home’.
By Rtr. Amashi Uthpala