Gustav Klimt, Hope II (1908), Museum of Modern Art, New York
this is my body
given for this child-to-be-born
being knit together in my womb
transforming and creating.
She is known by you already
known and loved
known and special and unique.
There will never be another child like her.
Each part of her has its own special task
bringing together all that is whole.
Created in your image
created in love
transformed from love to love
to love everlasting.
Leaping with joy,
sheltering in the shadow of your wings
of your wings and my womb,
a vessel of transformation.
Let me cast my cares on you
knowing you will sustain me.
Winter is fading, and new life is beginning
in this season of renewal and birth.
Now is the time for change,
for transformation, for all things new.
pray that it may be so.