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To carry on our love of all things poetry and to keep the energy high, I will continue to post poems by the contributing poets to the anthology until the Colorado Book Awards on May 21, 2017 (info by clicking here).

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Today’s poem is by contributing poet: Nancy L. Reed

With Child

I watch the big bellied woman
Following slowly behind the child within,
Connected by a tether which bonds the two.

I am fascinated by maneuvers, large and small
The woman uses to protect the unborn one
And to ward off discomfort from herself.

Each movement, every gesture
Becomes a fascination so alluring
I almost feel my own belly bulging with the woman’s burden.

When her time is due, and the child is forced into the world,
The woman will bear the agony of parting,
The tether replaced by protecting arms and loving heart.

The pain is not forgotten,
It is part of who she is.
Mother, partner, protector, lover,
Her life changed forever.

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