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Postpartum Poem (Molly)

My name is Molly Lynch. I am 27 years old, I have a 4 month old son, and I have post partum depression. It hit me like a wave and I couldn’t believe how many women struggle with this, and dont speak their truth. I have written a poem to my son Theodore about my [...]

Categories: Poetry, Postpartum, PPD – Postpartum Depression, Submissions

The Poetry of Our Bodies

Inspired by a project I had in my digital humanities class this past semester, I created this word cloud from your entries here. For this particular cloud, I pulled the top 10 posts under the category of “Positive Body Image/Words of Encouragement” and fed them (anonymously, of course!) into the processor at Voyant. It gave [...]

Categories: My Own Ramblings, News, Poetry, Positive Body Image/Words of Enouragement

Unapologetic (Darah)

I love me with the sags. I love me with the stretch marks. I love me with dark circles. I love me with frizzy hair. I love me with pale skin. I love me with stretch marks. I love me with love handles. I love me with back rolls. I love me when I’m menstruating. [...]

Categories: Adoption, Belly, Breasts, Four or More Pregnancies, Poetry, Positive Body Image/Words of Enouragement, Postpartum, Submissions

Beautifully Destroyed (Sia)

Previous entries here and here. age 17 months pp 9 The other day I ran into a girl who I went to school with. She is a little younger than me and has always been kind of rude. She was telling me how she saw pictures of me before I had my daughter and how [...]

Categories: Belly, First Pregnancy, Poetry, Positive Body Image/Words of Enouragement, Postpartum, Submissions, Teen Mom, Update

Chemically, Artificially Me (Anonymous)

Previous entries here and here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ if I were less of me and more like you would I be alright? would you love me more if I looked like the models in the magazine? boney flesh, bared on glossy paper, beautiful? layers of colours, a madeup mask.. hides you.. redefining your idenity wrapped up in [...]

Categories: No Photos (Story Only), Poetry, Submissions, Update

Who will you be? (Lauren)

I am not a mother but I think about that day so often…who she (or he) will be, how I will feel, etc. This simple poem is a reflection of those thoughts. Who will you be? Who will you be? Will you be like me? Will you live in a castle or climb through the [...]

Categories: No Photos (Story Only), Poetry, Submissions

Acceptance Achieved (Anonymous)

As a teen I hated my body Too thin, so ugly No breasts, no hips, no butt I longed for curves I cried As a first time mother I hated my body Still too thin But now with stretch marks I longed for smooth skin I cried As a second time mother I hated my [...]

Categories: Belly, Breasts, Poetry, Postpartum, Submissions, Third Pregnancy

The Loss of my Son and Daughter (Keisha)

Becoming a mother is one of the best feelings in the world to experience. You can’t believe to be bringing someone very special in this world, and they be a part of you. My son Demetrius was born January 14 2000, 8 lbs 1 oz. A big and healthy baby. I did everything I knew [...]

Categories: Child Loss, No Photos (Story Only), Poetry, Submissions, Third Pregnancy

Some Poems

I have excluded one of the poems Kate originally included with her submission, due to copyright issues, but wanted to pass on the recommendation she gave. It sounds like a great book, thanks, Kate! I’m reading this beautiful poetry anthology called “A Book of Luminous Things“, and came across a few poems that really touched [...]

Categories: Poetry

Marked (Anonymous)

I wrote this poem after one of my best friends and I had a long conversation about our stretch marks and how difficult it was to accept them. It was published in Motherverse magazine. I love this site! love our mamabodies! MARKED my new lover traces my lines, my road map…my history, and at the [...]

Categories: Poetry, Submissions