Blessing for a Mother to Be, John O’Donoghue

Nothing could have prepared your heart to open like this.

 From beyond the skies and stars, the echo arrived inside you

And started to pulse with life; Each beat a tiny act of growth,

Traversing all our ancient shapes, on it’s way home to itself

Once it began, you were no longer your own. A new more courageous you, offering itself

In a new way to a presence you can sense, but you have not seen or known.

It has made you feel alone, In a way you never knew before;

Everyone else sees only from the outside, what you feel and feed

With every fibre of your being.

Never have you travelled further inward,  where words and thoughts become half – light

Unable to reach the fund of brightness,  strengthening inside the night of your womb

Like some primeval moon, Your soul brightens

The tides of essence that flow to your child

You know that your life has changed forever,

For in all the days and years to come, distance will never be able to cut you off

From the one you now carry, for nine months under your heart.

May you be blessed with quiet confidence, That destiny will guide you and mind you. 

 May the emerging spirit of your child  Imbibe encouragement and joy

From the continuous music of your heart, So that it can grow with ease.

Expectant of wonder and welcome, When it’s form is fully filled

And it makes its journey out to see you and settle at last

Relieved and glad in your arms.