After creation,

the Mother knew

sorrow–the emptiness

that comes after fullness,

the softness that remains

for a long time.


Rachel is a PhD student in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University. She co-edited _Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings_ with Joanna Brooks and Hannah Wheelwright. She is also a lover of all things books and bikes.

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5 Responses

  1. Jenny says:

    Beautiful and poignant Rachel! This is the postpartum I have known as well. I want to print this and put it in my scriptures with the creation story, the way I used to glue things in my scriptures during seminary.

  2. Violadiva says:

    Thank you for bringing in a bit of the Divine into what can feel like the most challenging of sacred times in life. It’s a painful beauty sometimes, isn’t it?

  3. Ziff says:

    I love this, Rachel!

  4. Emile Dryman says:

    Trying to extend these functions to the general case of noninteger powers of complex numbers that are not positive reals leads to difficulties. Either we define discontinuous functions or multivalued functions . Neither of these options is entirely satisfactory. The rational power of a complex number must be the solution to an algebraic equation. Therefore, it always has a finite number of possible values. For example,

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