Warm compresses, gentle pressure
Control the soft limbs, bluish, delicate skin gradually turns rosy
Find the apex of the tear, cast the anchor stitch
A first lover’s gentle, excited touches
Locked stitches over the pink vaginal mucosa
The pain of an unwanted entry
Deep, interrupted stitches to bring the muscle together
A nervous young woman on the exam table for her first exam. Lots of pressure, cold discomfort.
Running stitches now, bring the subcutaneous tissue together
Solitary pleasure, discovered through the help of a partner
Like a zipper, pull the subcuticular stitches firm. Bury the last stitch. Tie off.
Heal and wait.
Will it be the same?
How sure were the midwife’s hands, how skilled?
Flesh that is torn will heal again
A small shiny scar, a reminder of the life brought forth, the pleasure and the pain