When women at fifty lay flat
on their bellies some will remember
the roundness that thrived
in the womb of their skin
where a fetus once swam;
now-hollowed figures where secrets
began and grew to a marvel beyond
heaven and stars. They’ll turn
to their side without need
to surrender to the unwieldy
bundle that pushed against bones
and stirred through the twilight;
a disquieted wonder until slumber
was lost to the waking of being.
From a steeple of hope through
a spindrift of prayers they’ll barely
recall a day without worry,
how they worshipped beginnings,
then bellowed goodbyes.
Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas is a seven-time Pushcart nominee and four-time Best of the Net nominee. She has authored several chapbooks along with her latest full-length collection of poems:Hasty Notes in No Particular Order newly released from Aldrich Press. She is the 2012 winner of the Red Ochre Press Chapbook competition for her manuscript Before I Go to Sleep and according to family lore she is a direct descendent of Robert Louis Stevenson. You can find her at www.clgrellaspoetry.com.