How Galaxies Are Born


That first contraction came as
a whisper
beckoning me from sleep.
In places deep and hidden
there had been a shift,
a pulling of thread.
And in my waking
I began to

Like the sea
before a storm,
I roiled.
So many waves
rose and swelled
beneath my bosom.
Everything in me

I remember thinking
that I would break
into a thousand pieces,
that my bones
would fly apart,
that I would
no longer

I remember believing this
I have believed
other things that were
also untrue.
I see now
that this is the way of

The earth must heave.
Seeds must break open.
We unravel.
We bleed.
And voices tell us
not to believe
that which Love has
sung over us.

But it is in our holy pivoting
that galaxies are born.
Leaning hard,
we can be caught.
This is how we become.

Holly Grantham
Holly is a wife, very relaxed homeschooling mom of three boys, snapper of photos, coming of age writer and a soul drowning in grace. After years in Atlanta where she attended college, married the love of her life and lived in an intentional community, she found her way back to her home state of Missouri. She now lives in an antebellum stone house, raises chickens (sometimes) and pretends that she lives in the country.
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  1. “I see now that this is the way of becoming.” That took my breath away. This is stunning! Thank you so much for sharing your voice & your light.

  2. I read this to the ladies in the bookclub the night before one got a plane to move to California. When I looked up from your words we all had tears running down our faces. What you are. What a gift this piece is. I want to paint it on the walls of my house (and the walls of my heart).

    • Holly Grantham says:

      Oh my goodness, Claire! I am deeply humbled. Thank you for being such a champion of my words, always, and for holding me in ways honest and true. You are such a gift.

  3. As always, perfection. Thank you, dear Holly.

  4. Oh my gosh…. “holy pivoting.” That is one stunning poem, Holly.

  5. Tina Francis Mutungu says:

    Good Lord! This is stunning. Thank you for this beauty, Holly.

    • Holly Grantham says:

      Tina, thank you for your generous words. Always.

      And also? I miss you something fierce.

  6. This is breathtakingly Beautiful.

  7. Wow…. so profoundly beautiful and moving. What a treasure your words are. xx

  8. Beautiful!

  9. Thank you, Holly, for words that remind me to be grateful for all the many ways I’ve been “caught” and for the grace that still catches me.

  10. Holy wow.

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