This Woman’s Work

Today’s post is in a different part of the same room from — though walking toward a teary embrace with — this post on Peter Gabriel’s evocative cover of “Flume,” in terms of its deeply emotional portrayal of and connection with life, love and loss from the perspective of the life-giving mother.

If you’ve been a follower of this blog, you may remember from my post on “Under the Ivy” that I’m an admirer of Kate Bush’s. While some of her songs are too quirky for even me, some reach me deeply. Today’s is for me, by far, the most heart-and-soul-held example of that.

It’s one that’s often visited me in times of loss, grief, and support-in-loss. The song, “This Woman’s Work,” from Bush’s beautiful 1989 album, The Sensual World has been with me since my first adult experiences of profound loss, starting in my late 20s, and I weep each time I hear it. I’d never seen the official video for the song until today when I decided it was time to share this piece with you and was seeking out a video to post. (It’s an interesting presentation of the song but does not stray far from my feelings about it.)

And, maybe I’ll simply leave it there for now, other than to say I dedicate today’s post to the lovely, courageous, fiercely-and-gently-loving M.M. and S.M.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thank you for joining me here.

Here’s the official video for the song from Kate Bush’s YouTube channel:

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