Doulas

A short poem to those who’ve labored with the dying. Yours is the kingdom of heaven.

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doula (/do͞olə/) (noun): a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born.

Doulas

I’ve known doulas
of new mothers,
who’ve labored with;
through whispered doubts
and the burning spring
of new life weeping
into this world,
they’ve served.

Their reward is this:
to taste the miracle
of innocence born.

I’ve known doulas
of the dying, too,
who’ve carried spirits
from world’s womb,
who’ve spoken
stories of hope
for dimming eyes
and waning smiles.

Their reward is this:
to taste the miracle
of innocence reborn.

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  • Beautiful and true. Thank you, Seth.

    • sethhaines

      Thank you, Christie.

  • “To taste the miracle of innocence reborn” What a beautiful image to meditate on in this season of Lent. In these days of the Church calendar the vail between life and death seems to be particularly thin. Thanks for sharing, Seth.

    • sethhaines

      Thanks for this, and yes, I agree. I’ve really been trying to push into the space of rediscovering innocence. It’s not easy, but it’s giving birth to a good bit of poetry these days.
      Thanks for reading, Benjamin.

  • Jody Ohlsen Collins

    A poet, too. A man of many gifts you are–thank you for this; what a powerful picture of new birth, the first kind and the second kind.

    • sethhaines

      Thanks, Jody. I appreciate your stopping in ’round these parts.

  • pastordt

    lovely, Seth. thank you.

  • Tracey

    I have friends that are doulas and they are my kindred spirits. I’ve thought of relabeling my counseling to be a mental health doula. It would carry you through both of those polarities.