This is a poem by Annette Benavides that describes the feeling of “quickening” which is when you can feel the baby move inside of you. I thought it was too beautiful not to share.
This baby moves inside me now
Sending messages at night-
About life on the inside:
It is dark
But warm and quiet
With only muffled echoes softly pleading,
Wake up, little one.
I want to know you’re in there,
Happy and safe.
Answers come again-
A sudden flutter-
Secret lyrics of song with no rhythm.
Played with hands and feet.
Someday I will hear the song again-
A high-pitched, quick and breathy humming.
I will teach her that she’s been singing that old song forever,
And reach out for little splayed hands
That have long since held my heart.
By Yvette Benavides