Poetry Archive

mothering in the before

my hands already know the velvet of your cheeks
it was imprinted there
before either of us was born

I have practiced hugging you
in big and small ways
to always have arms ready 
for you 
as you grow

I will plant dreams in your heart

I will nurture knowledge in your mind

I will surround and protect your heart
captured and already secured 
within mine

I am preparing a place for you
a home for us
a time when me becomes we

Image by William Fortunato

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margaux delotte-bennett is a Washington, DC based poet, adoptive mama and licensed social work educator. Born to Jamaican immigrant parents, she grew up in Queens, NY. Movement and storytelling are her first loves and she has created solo work as well as collaborative pieces over the last 20 years. margaux often links her art with community engagement and activism. She is also a traveler who has visited, lived and worked in a number of different countries. margaux was a founding member of Wild Women Theatre, a DC based theater company made up of black women exploring multiple dimensions of womanhood through storytelling, movement, poetry and song. She has been published online and in print, most recently in Black Freedom Beyond Borders: Re-Imagining Gender in Wakanda (2019).