My Belly: A Poem of Love and Hope

5/26/10

My Belly: A  Poem of Love and Hope

This belly that I used to despise
I underestimate it’s potential

I used to think it superfluous
But now I know it is essential

This belly I once believed horrid
Is now valued as my core

I once believed I could live without it
But that belief is no more

This belly is there for a purpose
It holds many amazing things

It allows me to breathe and digest
It allows me to speak and to sing

This brave belly can bear children
It can wear any clothing with pride

It feels no shame for it’s being
I gratefully don’t make it hide

It’s the center of my physical being
The somatic anchor for my soul

And this belly is finally free
From the tyranny of my control

© Sarah Henderson 2010

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About writingforrecovery

Sarah is a writer and poet who speaks out about issues that make people uncomfortable. Sarah advocates for causes such a sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and mental illness, and often speaks openly about her own experiences. She is determined to abolish the stigma associated with these issues and believes that it starts with people telling their stories, so she started a blog called Writing for Recovery where people can do just that. She is the author of three volumes of poetry and is currently at work on her fourth. She is convinced that there's a novel somewhere in her, and occasionally picks at the chapters so far. View all posts by writingforrecovery

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