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Call for the midwives

Justice cries in the birthing rooms  

By Carolyn Pogue

Call for the midwives!
And do it in all haste.
Labour is intense, see
There is no time to waste.

Send now for the midwives
Prepare and then make way
For they come in every circumstance
All weathers, night or day.

From the dawn of our time
They come without a fear
To be the first to witness
New life as it appears.

So bring them to the birthing place
In clinic, camp or slum
Bring them to the birthing chairs
For Justice now will come.

Hasten to the tailing ponds
Rape centres, prisons dark
Bring them to the office towers
And stables, poor and stark.

Take them to the court rooms
To homeless shelters cold,
Bring them to the war zones
Where hope is put on hold.

Send now for the midwives
Announce to all you meet
That they will come this day to bring
New life from all defeat.

They’ll coach the mothers labouring
They’ll soothe the fathers’ fear
They’ll raise the new borns up and then
Announce for all to hear:

“Behold this fragile being!”
(And they’ll plant a tender kiss)
“Hold Justice in your hearts and know
Your lives depend on this.”

Blessed be all midwives for the babies, justice, hope and love they bring into the Light.

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Carolyn Pogue is a longtime Observer contributor. New posts of The Pogue Blog will appear on the first and third Thursday of the month. For more information on Carolyn Pogue, visit www.carolynpogue.ca..
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