Preface to I AM MOTHER - The Unfolding Lap
How could this maiden know that an answered call from my baby-to-be would generate changes so vast that pubertyʼs transformation would make sense?
Thirty six years ago I accepted the invitation from the Unknown into the world of mothering,. Now at the crisis of my mortality, I ponder -- what does being a mother mean to me?
At the tail end of a beastly winter, this is what came to me -- The Unfolding Lap.
The Unfolding Lap© Jeannine Parvati Baker
I AM MOTHER whose entitlement unlocks the doorless room
The home of a mystery that flays the soulʼs skin
Carving ego and rendering the oily mind into light.
I AM MOTHER who grows dreams in my belly
From my blood drinks the Tree of Life
Rooted in heaven until the birth quake
Splits me open in revelation and relief
And I awake from the nightmare of separation.
I AM MOTHER carrier of the secret told since the beginning
Hearth of the future, unfolding lap, volcanic breast
A daughter of uncertainty, the croneʼs executrix
The ultimate harvester of hope.
I AM MOTHER so hear me! Listen with labyrinthine ears
To the purpose of sound, sense the movement of your cells,
And the pulsing message from your bones that resonate with this;
Serve the Breath-Maker and be the BirthKeeper the Earth needs now.
Your mother will be so proud.
11 March 2005
thanks to Jill for passing this along and always helping the veils vise, no matter the time of day of night.