Let’s keep the world through its own balanced kiss,
the kiss come from women made of our own blood,
the holder, the cooler (redeeming the earth,
shaping the room where we give you your birth).
Hands born of woman will not stop this flood,
this generous, selfish, long-opening gift
— Annie Finch
from Spells: New and Selected Poems. Wesleyan University Press, 2013. Reprinted with permission of the poet.