Giving Birth

For Poets United: Mid-Week Motif – Giving Birth

Giving Birth

Have given birth
to four children.
Two of them
like me,
two of them

Have given birth
to hundreds of poems.
Some of them
I like,
I don’t.

Are children
like poems?
Some of them
might be,

Giving birth
is all about
learning how
to let go.

Elizabeth Crawford  5/11/2017

Note: Image is a pen and ink line weave drawing.





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8 Responses to Giving Birth

  1. I love the yin and yang of this poem! Very clever.


  2. Susan Chast says:

    Wow! I think a poet has equally to learn to let go and let it fly! This poem has a magical symmetry that probably hides the bumpy ride of being a mother–I wouldn’t know. But the poet part, well, if it’s like that, the journey should not be taken lightly.


  3. Sherry Marr says:

    WOW! I think that is the lesson parenthood taught me the most – how to let go. To be there, stay strong, hang onto my own centre through my kids’ whirlwind ups and downs, but, in the end, how determined they were to follow their own path. Love the comparison of poems and offspring………..


  4. thotpurge says:

    Deep… all happiness seems to be somehow linked to letting go…even of poems.


  5. Amalia Abbar says:

    Wow,that’s wo beautiful! I believe poems are the children some of us will never have. Poems are always a part of us, real or fictional. Good job!:)


  6. I love this poem, Elizabeth.

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  7. ihatepoetry says:

    This was the smartest, most insightful thing I read all day! thanks.


  8. My mother once told me that can love your children, but not like them as people. This is wonderful, Elizabeth.


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