Midwife to the Soul

The final labor has begun.
The Creator sends a midwife in his stead.
One of compassion, strength and wisdom.
She whispers to the laborer,
Do not fear.
Eternal Peace is on the way.
New life is almost here.

Questions from anxious loved ones flood her.
When will the suffering end?
How much more must we endure?
Her tears cascade with their's as she confirms,
Eternal Peace is on the way.
New life is almost here.

Gentle hands caress tense muscles.
Melodic words coach panted breaths.
Loving arms uphold the broken.
Eternal Peace is on the way.
New life is almost here.

The midwife cradles the laborer
as the vigil stretches into hours.
Let go, dear one. Rest.
Eternal Peace is on the way.
New life is almost here.

The laborer exhales and is still.
Weeping fills the room.
The mid-wife affirms
Eternal Peace is here.
New life has just begun.

She baths the mortal body
the laborer has cast-off.
The midwife closes her eyes
and imagines how it must
feel to receive eternal Peace
when new Life has just begun.