Vigil

The Mother stirs, breathing hard
the Old Woman feels her belly
as the other women
hold the Mother’s hands

“Almost time.” the Old Woman says.

The candle burns down
the Mother screams again
the other women wait
rubbing the warm hands
eyeing the Old Woman

waiting

watching

ready to act

and then
it happens

blood and noise and motion

silence

then a small tiny cry
from the mouth of the Baby

The Child is bright
and beautiful
bringing hope to all who are present.

The Old Woman smiles.

Light has come to the Earth

and the Cycle is complete.

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