Written for my sister when she had her first child, this poem captures – for me – the incredible change I felt when I became a mother for the first time:
Perfect feet, curled in position
Newborn smell, you capture me.
Flesh of my flesh, bone of my bone
How can this be that you came from me?
Little lashes, pursed lips
Tiny replica, so fragile, yet strong.
Slow breath, fresh start
All things are possible with new life.
How you change me, move me beyond
What I ever though I’d be, or become.
You are promise, a new hope
A new love, sweet babe.
Because of you, I am someone new
A mother, simply put – forever changed.
[Photo credit: Sharon Cox 2007; Lauren Hunter and her third child, Bradley, pictured.]
Lauren Hunter is a writer who loves the big picture of God’s journey we are all on together. Married to her high school sweetheart, Lauren lives in Northern California with her husband and their four children. Her latest book is Leaving Christian Science: 10 Stories of New Faith in Jesus Christ.