“If I believe in reincarnation, I feel I have been born a woman for the first time.
I feel like Sally from 3rd rock from the sun” –
Tanya, on the threshold of leaving a marriage and learning to love, to be a mother again.
It is warm
blood between her thighs
the smell, comforting like a mother’s womb
it is that time
when Nature reminds her
of womanhood, motherhood
And as she rushes to change
her blood stained skirt
she passes the mirror, catches her eyes
staring back accusingly
a decision had to be made, again
to be a mother, or not
It was made once before, a long time ago
by a man who spoke of love
and a surgeon with a knife.