Posts Tagged "pain"

birdwings: a brief reflection of my birth story

Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014

birdwings: a brief reflection of my birth story

My husband knew I was nervous because I’d asked him what I should wear at least three times that day. I still hadn’t lost my pregnancy weight and hadn’t realized that the hope of concealing my ripened motherly figure was just a symbol of the burden I carried from the trauma of my son’s birth. I was meeting with my birth group for the first time since each of our births. There were four couples and we shared our stories in the order of birth dates. The first of the mother’s had a lovely, textbook, natural birth. Short. Simple. Magical. The second to go had an intensely bright and memorable birth as well, but a few complications crept up, resulting in her newborn taking a brief visit to the NICU. The third to go had the hardest story to hear by far.

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bumping into strangers

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013

bumping into strangers

When we are in pain – physical or emotional – it’s often hard to laugh.  I injured my back at the gym back in October and it’s still giving me a lot of trouble.  At first I thought it was a usual one-week recovery, but weeks have turned into months and now this once mildly annoying injury is turning into anger and sadness.

I went to a physical therapist the other day and was offered some helpful core and glute exercises.  Before heading home, I bumped into an elderly woman in the restroom who needed help getting the paper towels.  I turned and pulled the awkward contraption and finally got some paper out. 

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smile of death (a translation)

Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012

smile of death (a translation)

Night reveals

the things that

will not emerge.

 

After each sound

after each slight fall

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