for jane and clare

this is a pain you have to carry.
a labour only you can endure.

we watch in awe.

and because giving birth is an act of defiance against the power of death
and an acquiescence to the relentlessness of love;
because you have the courage it takes to bring life into this world –
this day is yours

happy mothers day.

[this was written on sunday, when we were yet to meet Lilla and Declan. Welcome to the world, little ones, we can’t wait to get to know you]