Definitions with Background Notes:
- To give forth or produce. There are many things one could bring forward. In the case of an article about teen slam poets called “Stand and Deliver”, besides evoking memories of Adam Ant or the movie about a gutsy teacher in a rough inner city school, they were bringing forth their vision of the future. None of these are what I think of when the word deliver is uttered.
- To bring or transport to the proper place or recipient. This could be a little more to the point, though it is hard to say if there is ever a proper recipient, a completely right place and time.
- To surrender (someone or something) to another; hand over. Yes, complete and total surrender, our will handed over to another so small and so innocent.
- To secure something promised or desired. Like anything they are often more desired before they are secured (pregnant daydreams of a Romantic reality) and this idea of securing only seems to taint the relationship. Certainly the idea that a parent ever had this definition in mind will be violently offensive to a child sooner than we can banish the thought.
- To throw or hurl. There are times when the delivery is forceful, pressure that has been built up will expel the object with great force.
- To strike (a blow). I’m not sure why that word is in parenthesis. A blow is sure and definitive, not parenthetical. It is no accident although possibly not premeditated.
- To express in words; declare or utter. Discussed under the first definition, although utterance has a more primitive tone, more akin to throw, hurl and strike. Physical reactions almost bypassing the conscious mind.
- a. To give birth to. b. To assist (a woman) in giving birth. c. To assist or aid in the birth of. Yes, these are the definitions I had in mind when listening to the mother of one of my students. She had brought in her son, two weeks old, for us to see. The mother, whose other child (my student) is nearing her fifth birthday, tells of the pain of the delivery as if it were a surprise, the pain seemed odd to her. “Someone told me with the second one it wouldn’t hurt so much.” And I do remember how surprising it was when my second labor started, surprising that I could have forgotten something so inescapable as that pain, that once it started it would not stop until it was finished, when I was delivered.
- To set free, as from misery, peril, or evil: deliver a captive from slavery 1.When will we be delivered and what will this freedom feel like. Will we welcome it? Will we recognize it when it has been accomplished?