Preparing to Birth My Second Daughter

(image from a birth I photographed last year)

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I will go into the wild
to bring my baby home.
I will dive beneath the waves
to retrieve her from deep, dark waters.
In the face of the loudest lion, I will roar.
He will tuck his tail and cower from me.
I will tire but I will go on,
for I do not labor in vain.
My work is holy,
though it may feel like Hell.
I know together we will find the clearing;
the sun will smile down on my daughter
as she rebuilds her home at my breast.