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Below is the poem entitled NUDE WITH BROOD which was written by poet Cyndi MacMillan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Skin to skin, I hold my tiny daughter,
Curls brush my chin, a dampened delight,
Her small hand breaks the bubbles on water,
Nestled in my lap, her body so slight,
Our bedtime bath will soften coming night.
This cherub I wash, her skin pearly pink,
Ignores my flaws and knows not what I think,
She giggles, her toes tickle aging knees,
I’ll treasure this moment, lest the clock wink,
Aware of self: soft, loving, strong and free. 

We rise from the tub, both sleepy and warm,
I wrap her in a towel, kiss her face,
The mirror reveals all, my girth and form,
How broad now my hips and I’ll not erase
the marks of motherhood, almost like lace.
Gone is the girl, the flesh of ivory,
The framed mother is no Aphrodite, 
And yet from my reflection I’ll saunter
for my body is blessed and I can see
these purple scars are badges of honor.

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  1. Date: 4/20/2012 8:16:00 PM
    Loved this at your blog, too. Sure hope I can make time for your unique contest, Cyndi.

  1. Date: 4/18/2012 11:54:00 AM
    So beautiful. This is a perfect example of what the contest is all about. Not sure we can do better;) Enjoyed this a lot:)

  1. Date: 4/18/2012 10:50:00 AM
    Cyndi - What a beauty this is. I can smell the Johnson's baby shampoo and would like to come and kiss that soft soft skin. (not yours - the baby's). These are memories that never leave. Is that you and the little on in the picture? love you, Kathy

  1. Date: 4/18/2012 12:51:00 AM
    This is such a beautiful example for your contest, Cyndi :) I love how you showed here to be proud of your body, especially relating it to motherhood :) Beautiful! and thank you for letting us know about nette's sister-in-law through your blog, I will extend my sympathies and prayers to nette--- hugs

  1. Date: 4/17/2012 10:30:00 PM
    Hard act to follow!!! Excellent, Cyndi! Beautifully captured...thanks for sharing...big hugs, love deb

  1. Date: 4/17/2012 8:06:00 PM
    Great sharing Cyndi, I loved the theme and the picture you posted with it, motherhood is a form of beatitude, enjoyed your write Cyndi, hugs vie