through the pain

she told herself -
suffering through excruciating pain
when all she could do
was scream in pain
needed an extra effort…
and it will be over soon
she reminded herself;
it took a while
but it was finally over.
she took a deep breath
and closed her eyes
as he was pulled out of her
she heard a loud cry
and her own tears -
rolled out of her eyes
propped up on her elbows -
she saw him
and she smiled;
she ignored the blood-stained sheets
and she smiled
despite the lingering pain
she smiled
because she was born again.
she smiled
because she was a mother.

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