Outtie, innie, in-between,
Pierced, tattooed, scarred, and clean.
Peek-a-boo shirt hider,
Even an exit for an evicted gallbladder.
Once just a scar from infancy,
Then a natural bikini accessory.
After three pregnancies, back-to-back,
My dear bellybutton is a sorry old sack.
Three times my innie sprung out: “Chicken’s done!”
With a linea negra just for fun.
Two times it deflated to its original state,
Then I got greedy with the third inflate.
Baby weight gone, I reached my weight goal,
But my bellybutton resembled a saggy butthole.
“What the hell?” I thought, “do you get wrinkle cream,”
“For a snarled bellybutton? Is that even a thing?”
Like a the neck of a t-shirt,
Old, stretched, and worn,
If I slouch so does my button, wrinkled, forlorn.
Vagina, hips, breasts, and sleep,
All anticipated losses of pregnancy.
Hair, feet, and sciatic nerves,
Reasonable offerings for babies birthed.
But a bellybutton? This I didn’t see,
Going the way of the piddle-free sneeze.
Multiple babies grown and birthed,
But, what the fuck, bellybutton? This is absurd.
Whatever. I’m a mom rocking snot-covered T’s,
Non-workout yoga pants and snack-smeared hoodies.
I have stretch marks and stray hairs and c-section scars.
Perineal war wounds and a mom glare that can mar.
My windows are covered in finger and nose prints.
I can breastfeed a baby while matching toddler sprints,
My arms are tired at the end of each day.
My heart is filled beyond words can say.
My life is beautiful and disgusting and blessed.
Oh, what the hell, bellybutton, you tried your best.