Who welcomed you?

by | Feb 4, 2021 | Poetry

One of our greatest fears revolves around rejection. The need for welcome and reception are central to feeling accepted, knowing that we belong. But we were empowered to do that most important work ourselves- to welcome ourselves to this alien world.

Who welcomed you?
Into this bright-light world
A blinding flare greets you
A flash of incandescent bulb
flickers engraving the moment.

Clinched eyelids seek
to shut the cold
foreign world out
Tight fists balled
in helpless anger

You rushed out to meet it
down dimmed tunnel
Ridged tight pink

Alien skin gloves
Grip you

Roughly rubbed
Bundled in a hurry

Metal feet glittered.

Your arrival had
little prelude.

No spank needed
Lungs exploded
As darkness gave way to
Sparks of jagged

Celebrate you.

Nine months confined
At times, traumatized

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the one who lifts my head (Psalm 3:3)

Before you formed me in my mother’s womb, you set me apart (Jeremiah 1:5)

You have taught me to praise you (Psalm 8:2)

I was cast upon you from my mother’s womb.

Yet, I am wanted. I have been set apart.
I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

May my soul knows it full well (Psalm 139).
More precious than jewels
(Proverbs 31:10).

Zion’s child worth her weight
in pure gold –
though regarded
as a mere clay jar made
by ordinary Potter’s hands

Look at Me