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“Waters of Love” and “Birth Water”: New Poetry


Post Author: Sharon Benton


Waters of Love

Genesis 1:1-5 and Mark 1:4-11

Life begins in the waters of creation.
The void. The deep. And the spirit of God swept over the face of the waters –
first creating one-celled,
then multiple-celled,
and eventually the endless numbers of intricately-evolved organisms
that populate the earth today.
And God called it good, beloved.

Life begins in the waters of creation.
The womb. We’ve all been there. Floating in the watery sac of amniotic fluid,
we each grew from 2 cells,
to multiple organs,
to the wondrously complicated being that sits in the pew
next to your neighbor: you.
And God called you good, beloved.

Life begins in the waters of creation.
The Jordan River. The place where Jesus stepped out of the waves and into his mission and ministry.
Growing from one Word of love,
to multiple acts of justice,
into an infinite call for each person to follow… into new life.
And God called the baptism good, and God’s child beloved.

The Deep.
The Womb.
The Jordan.
New life begins in the waters of creation.
And the new life is good.
Beloved.

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Birth Waters

I want to step down
into the waters of creation –
the deep
the formlessness.
There is an unmaking that calls to my soul-deep self
an unmaking of matter
a return to my cellular components
and even their dissolution.

I want to drop to the depths of those waters of creation,
a part of the nothingness that was not

… and then
sense the Spirit’s brooding over me –
wind-like
dove-like
unimaginable in my un-state of being.

… and then
as from nowhere (because there is no “where”)
a voice of Love
speaking
making
knitting my cells into more and more
(of a piece with Creation – never separate – never again).

I want to step down into the waters of Creation –
warmth
a womb
holding me as I become
(I already am)
Birthed.


The Rev. Sharon A. Benton is Associate Minister for Congregational Life and Care at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, Fort Collins, Colorado.


Image by: Jong Marshes
Used with permission
2 replies
  1. Jennifer C says:

    Sharon, I love your poems. Birth Waters makes me think of my son, who was born in the water. That birthing moment for us was, and is, powerful and full of symbolism. Your words capture the experience.

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