When news broke on Beyoncé's twin pregnancy, records and the internet broke along with it—an unfathomable 9.1 million likes currently adorn the announcement picture, easily knocking off Selena Gomez's record holder of 6.4 million likes.

 

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In Beyoncé's signature style of surprise releases of epic proportions, a breathtaking gallery of pictures soon followed the good news. Queen Bey channels her inner goddess in compositions akin to 'The Birth of Venus' by Botticelli and floats amidst swirling swaths of fabric in an ethereal underwater shoot. Featured alongside are also rare behind-the-scenes glimpses with personal snapshots of the Carters, in which Bey's husband Jay Z and five year old daughter, Blue Ivy star. 

 

Words by Warsan Shire, a London-based Somali poet accompanied the mesmerising shots, as seen below.

 

"We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes."
- The Carters

 

 

mother is a cocoon where
cells spark, limbs form, mother
swells and stretches to protect her
child, mother has one foot in this world
and one foot in the next,
mother, black venus

i look at photographs of my mother
when she was pregnant with me
does she feel how i feel now?

venus falls in love,
flowers grow wherever
love touches her, this
is how she is reborn.
 

girl turning into woman
woman turning into mother
mother turning into venus
 

i'm watching life inside me grow;
there's life growing inside of mw
and i'm beside myself with dreams.
 

was it your voice i heard? you speak to me
from inside me,
 

i have three hearts.
 

in the dream i am crowning
osun,
nefertiti,
and yemoja
pray around my bed,
 

i can smell jasmine,
i wake up as someone
places a wreath
upon my head
 

venus has flooded me,
second planet from the sun,
i wake up on her foamy shore.

she wants to take me to meet my children.
i've done this before i'm still nervous.

 

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