Seasons of a Woman – May Body Map
MAY – A Love Story
by Christina Greenland
….and the other side
My Body Map Story
A Love Story
I find you floating in the heavens,
You are free and peaceful
Without boundaries or ground.
I fear for you,
Lest you should float forever or disintegrate.
And you fear the earth,
And the harshness of life.
Carefully and deliberately
I mark your boundaries.
And others help
And with touch and with love
We coax your corporeal body
Preparing for your arrival.
And I go under your skin,
Trace the constellations of your body,
Hear the pounding of your heart,
Feel the warmth of your hands in mine.
And with my breath I give life to you while you fill my lungs with air.
I could stay here forever,
Warm and safe in the hollow of your body.
But I travel onwards,
As I know I must,
Stopping only for a moment in your womb,
And into this world.
I am irreverent now,
Untouched by critique.
It is a simple state of being.
I cut away parts of world that cling too tightly to you,
What was once imperfect now inspires,
I work fast and with purpose
Because we trust each other
And in this state of creation we become unclear as to who is the maker
And whom the made.
We wrap our arms around each other,
Oh how our hearts sing,
And brimming with the wonder and the joy of it all,
Our cup overflows so that others might drink.
Now take this into your heart,
Hold it there and let it whisper to you
In the daylight and in the dark
For I am with you and you are with me,
Because I am you as you are me.
This piece connects me to life and death. It echoes through my original birth journey to the parts of myself still longing to be born and to those that, no longer needed, I can allow to die. I am reminded that this takes a powerful kind of self-love, supported by the love of others, wherein creativity can thrive and inner and outer experiences can be reconciled.