My Body

iStock_000015855933SmallHere’s a poem I wrote in 1982 when I had three children under five and was pregnant with my fourth. It’s about my changing body and how I learned to love and respect it.

My body.

My body.

My fat body!

 

I have been struggling

with my body for years.

Not liking my photos.

Not liking my clothes.

Not liking my full face.

Not liking (How could I?)

this thing

your body,

Baby,

has done to mine.

 

Now I know my body

is a magical vessel,

able to transform itself

at the service of life.

Able to stretch big

with new life,

to swell small breasts

large with milk.

to grow narrow pelvis

open for birth.

to reach aching arms

out for comfort.

 

My magnificient

magical body.

Fat at times.

Skinny at other times.

Young at times.

Old at other times.

Streched at times.

Taut at other times.

Closed at times.

Open at other times.

 

My magnificent

magical woman’s body,

I will now adore you.

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PEGGY-headshotPeggy O’Mara is the editor and publisher of peggyomara.com. She founded Mothering.com in 1995 and was its editor-in chief until 2012. She was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. The author of Having a Baby Naturally; Natural Family Living; The Way Back Home; and A Quiet Place, Peggy has conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League, and Bioneers. She is the mother of four and grandmother of two.

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Editor and Publisher of peggyomara.com. Longtime natural living advocate, award winning writer, and independent thinker.

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