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    Doula – A poem by Paula Cleary

    I hold space for leaps of faithtears fearshopessadnesslaughterjoysurprisesconfusiondoubtevolutiondisbelief dreamsdelight&going with the flow I am witnessSpace holderSanctuary guardianGatekeeperHand holderDeep listenerComfort bringerBody whispererDoing nothingerCounselorDreamweaverSympathiserMirrorSeerAlchemistSeeker of truthEn-couragerGo-betweenTime travellerReminderRestorer of ritual Believer Sometimes I sit on my handsAnd sometimes they are busy busy servingWith loveTendingStrokingWipingCarryingHoldingSqueezingMakingShowingSupporting I witness you give birth to your new selfTo your babyTo everything you’ve been waiting forThe setting sun on yesterday and the dawn of a new day I share little storiesTo let you knowYOU ARE NOT ALONE I bring loveI bring hopeI bring loving touchAnd I weep with youWhen they steal your powerAnd overwhelm us allClosing in like an iron fist I weep with youI stand with youI howl…