A Poem For Myself And For My Daughter On Her Birthday

Ella’s 16th Birthday

Today is her birthday 

but today is my birthing day.

This is the day sixteen years ago that I was a mother fucking goddess.

My body opened up

to be the threshold for this new life.

To this world.

I went deep inside myself

to take the journey to the edge to bring her forth.

The connection strong.

Today I stand 16 years after that journey

remembering the sensations of that day

telling me 

I am that strong,

I can do hard things,

I am a mother fucking goddess.

She will move on as part of my heart

I will always be with me

Reminding myself 

I am a mother fucking goddess,

I can do hard things,

I am that strong,

everyday.

Kate Stroud July 27, 2020

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