upon a time, twin boys were conceived in the
passed as the two embryonic lives developed.
spark of life grew
each tiny brain began to take shape and form.
the development of
brain came feeling, and with feeling,
perception of surroundings, of each other,
their own lives.
discovered that life was
and they laughed and rejoiced in their hearts.
said to the other, "We are sure lucky to have
conceived and to have this wonderful world."
other chimed in, "Yes, blessed be our mother who
us life and each other."
of the twins continued to grow and soon their
and fingers, legs and toes began to take shape.
stretched their bodies and churned and turned
their little world.
explored it and found the life cord
gave them life from their mother's blood.
were grateful for this new discovery and sang,
great is the love of our mother--that she
all she has with us!"
passed into months and with the advent of each
month, they noticed a change in each other and in themselves.
are changing," one said. "What can it mean?"
means," said the other, "that we are drawing near to birth."
unsettling chill crept over the two.
were afraid of birth, for they knew
it meant leaving their wonderful world behind.
the one, "Were it up to me, I would live here
we must be born," said the other. "It has
to all the others."
there was evidence inside the womb that the
had carried life before theirs.
I believe that there is life
birth, don't you?"
can there be life after birth?" cried the one.
we not shed our life cord and also the blood tissue when we are born?
have you ever talked to anyone that has been born?
anyone ever re-entered the womb after birth to describe what birth is
he spoke, he fell into despair,
in his despair he moaned,
the purpose of conception and our growth
the womb is to end in birth, then truly our
clutched his precious life cord to his breast and said,
if his is so, and life is absurd,
there really can be no mothers!"
there is a mother," protested the other.
else gave us nourishment?
else created this world for us?"
get our nourishment from this cord--
our world has always been here?" said the one.
if there is a mother--where is she?
you ever seen her? Does she ever talk to you?
We invented the mother when we were young
it satisfied a need in us.
made us feel secure and happy."
while the one raved and despaired, the other
himself to birth and placed his trust in the hands of his mother.
turned into days, and days into weeks.
soon it was time. They both knew their birth was at hand,
they both feared what they did not know.
the one was first to be conceived,
he was the first to be born,
cried as they were born into the light.
coughed out fluid and gasped the dry air.
when they were sure they had been born,
opened their eyes--seeing life after birth for the very first time.
they saw was the beautiful eyes of their mother,
they were cradled lovingly in her arms.