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Womb is a word which makes people nervous -
somehow it shocks and disturbs us.
Womb is a word which echoes with blood
and the rawness of pure womanhood. 
A womb is the place where we blossom from plankton
to primate, cocooned in the pulse of its sanctum
with colon and bladder for cushions
til we’re birthed in a hot mess of pushing.

We think we are flawless, hewn from ideas
and fresh air, and ‘womb’ is the sound of our fears
that we’re made of pure, visceral fibre -
and we all came out through a vag1na.


6th September 2019

I must protest at not being allowed to refer to part of my own anatomy, even by its proper scientific name. At having to force a "disguised" version of the word to uncensor the part of my body that gave birth to my children. Yes, there are plenty of rude words for it. Vag1na is not one of them.  How is it that we are so twisted that we believe our own body parts to be obscene?

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Date: 9/20/2019 9:23:00 PM
"For you formed my inward parts, you wove me in my Mother's womb. I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works, and my soul knows it very well." Psalm 139:13-14 It is strange the things some find offensive. Keep writing my dear poet! Have a blessed day!
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Date: 9/19/2019 8:51:00 PM
If I may, I use, as a rule of thumb, in referring to body parts, if I would cover it in public, then, perhaps I might 'cover' or euphemize, the word that represents it. Vesica Piscis is a form used in Sacred Art, which represents the same thing. Just a thought.
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Date: 9/18/2019 9:23:00 AM
I am a conservative, but this is a beautiful poem. Surely, the lady doth protest, and not too much. There are plenty of poems on here, which are veiled references to graphic sex, which I think should not be here, but your poem is clean and perfect and wholesome. Thank you!
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Date: 9/10/2019 12:00:00 PM
This gives me the feeling of being regressed, going back to the womb; well penned effect. Maybe the poems are checked by a program? If so, there's probably no programming that thoroughly defines every word.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/14/2019 11:09:00 AM
Oh yes, you're right. It is an automatic thing. My vagina disappeared instantly leaving nothing but a void. That's not a sentence I think I'll ever say again. Thank you ML! Glad you enjoyed your trip to the womb.
Date: 9/8/2019 2:31:00 PM
To womb it may concern. That would everybody. And as to censorship here and anywhere. I have to wonder who did what to them get them to come to their conclusions.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/14/2019 11:08:00 AM
Ha, yes. thank you Leslie.
Date: 9/8/2019 12:45:00 PM
I agree on the censorship thing. I recall an old friend of mine here (since passed on) who wrote a poem similar to that classic "the owl and the pussy cat" and his poem was promptly removed. WHAT??? I have seen utterly vulgar hideous poems go untouched here, and yet that poor man got his cute animal poem taken off!!
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Date: 9/8/2019 12:40:00 PM
I enjoyed seeing your reason for writing this. For me, womb is a very "comfortable" word which conjures up the safety of being embraced by your mother inside her body. It rhymes with Room, and it is a womb without a view. haha!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/8/2019 12:47:00 PM
Haha, maybe the squeamishness is a British thing! We like to think we're nice and clean, delivered scrubbed and shiny with a nice cup of tea, not squeeshed and squashed down a birth canal! gah! Lol. Thanks Andrea x
Date: 9/8/2019 6:37:00 AM
I agree with your comment. I used the word q&eer and was bleeped. It was not used derogatorily! Shaking my head. Your poem is raw and gritty and done so well. My son-in-law described my daughter’s cesarean and my head started spinning. I had no idea! That’s MY baby. Faving!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/8/2019 7:12:00 AM
Oh my goodness Kim, there are some things a mum shouldn’t have to know about! Thank you very much! x
Date: 9/7/2019 7:38:00 PM
This is terrific, and so true!! It's crazy the weird hangups people have in society! It's also insane to me that they censor the POEMS on here, but NOT the comments?!! It seems a travesty to censor art while allowing ANY language in response to it... *shaking head*
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/8/2019 12:14:00 AM
Do you know, I hadn’t thought of it that way but you’re SO right! Also, am I going to corrupt young girls by naming something which they have??? Or shall I just teach them to find their own bodies shameful? That sounds healthy...
Date: 9/7/2019 12:13:00 PM
Nina again, honesty and raw naked truth - loved this write. Hugs, Jennifer.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/8/2019 12:10:00 AM
Thank you Jennifer x
Date: 9/6/2019 6:43:00 PM
I have believed for a long time that the English-speaking are hamstrung by Victorian Age hang-ups that won't go away... Here's a tidbit for you: The Hebrew word for womb is rechem, which means 'Mercy.' (For example, Ha-rachaman, is a word for God; it means 'The Merciful One.') Thanks, gw
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Rico Leffanta
Date: 9/7/2019 2:54:00 PM
"Retch 'em" sounds like a terrible word for womb! How did they come up with that? Even "Mercy" sounds dreadful for a place everyone apparently wants to crawl back into! Aloha! Rico
Date: 9/6/2019 5:34:00 PM
Womb does neither shock nor disturb me' though it made me a tad nervous at the time. I love the word. That's where my babies came from.( I put a little in) I must agree with you on censorship: I wanted the name, Billy Big Balls, but they shot it out of the water. X
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Date: 9/6/2019 5:25:00 PM
very well penned Nina and I love your comment at the end, I get fed up of having to write p ussy when writing about a cat and as for ass - its hilarious we can't use that. I recall when I was expecting a doctor kept going on about my 'oom' it took a second for it to sink in he meant womb lol:-) hugs jan xx
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/8/2019 12:45:00 PM
hahaha i can't believe even a doctor couldn't say it! That's hilarious! Didn't it make you want to jump up and down and shout "lady bits lady bits lady bits" to him?! Lol. Maybe not. Just me?! Still, there are advantages to this weird squeamishness we have. Most women with a male boss can cite "lady problems" as a reason for needing time off and be asked NO FURTHER QUESTIONS lol! ;-)
Date: 9/6/2019 4:50:00 PM
You're right, that is a scientific term which should be allowed (funny story, in one of my poems, I tried to use the word 'spunk' - and it was bleeped out! Censorship has run amuck!)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/6/2019 5:12:00 PM
Yes I got caught out with fag (it means cigarette in Britain!) and homo. I was just writing homo sapiens! Lol!
Date: 9/6/2019 4:15:00 PM
Well said, Nina! Despite spending billions of dollars, Hugh Hefner never succeeded in getting Americans to believe it was natural to be naked! (so it will take longer than 4 years to convince Americans Trump was insane) Aloha! Rico
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/6/2019 5:13:00 PM
And with that comment, you’ve aligned me with Hugh Hefner (yeuch, what an image!) Thanks Rico lol!
Date: 9/6/2019 3:39:00 PM
Yes wombman! I roar with thee. <3 xomo!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/6/2019 3:49:00 PM
And for that (and for many other things) be thou blessed in the eyes of the Nina :-)
Date: 9/6/2019 2:23:00 PM
And my parents always told me a stork brought me, that'll teach me to listen to them. Now I know. All seriousness, nicely said and many get nervous at certain words but they are only words and I can understand your frustration in the site for censoring as harshly as they do. The really funny thing is, one of the capthcas I had on this site was tit. And remember, NO SPECIAL CHARACTERS in your title either.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 9/6/2019 2:27:00 PM
There's enough of us special characters around here after all Chris! Appreciate your comment. When I first posted the poem, the last line was "we all came out of a ." ! Not even an asterisk in sight. If I was using a swear word or an offensive word, I'd understand! Anyway. Thank you :-)