Poetry

Many stillbirth websites include poetry. I haven’t really read poetry since I was an angsty teenager, but somehow prose doesn’t quite capture the way I’m feeling as much as poetry does right now. Here are a few that touched my heart.

Little Snowdrop

Author Unknown

The world may never notice
If a Snowdrop doesn’t bloom,
Or even pause to wonder
If the petals fall too soon.
But every life that ever forms,
Or ever comes to be,
Touches the world in some small way
For all eternity.
The little one we longed for
Was swiftly here and gone.
But the love that was then planted
Is a light that still shines on.
And though our arms are empty,
Our hearts know what to do.
For every beating of our hearts
Says that we love you.

Too Soon

Mary Yarnall

This was a life that had hardly begun
No time to find your place in the Sun
No time to do all you could have done
But we loved you enough for a lifetime

No time to enjoy the world and it’s wealth
No time to take life down off the shelf
No time to sing the songs of yourself
Though you had enough love for a lifetime

Those who live long endure sadness and tears
But you’ll never suffer the sorrowing years
No betrayal, no anger, no hatred, no fears
Just love – Only love – In your lifetime.

Child Born Dead

Elizabeth Jennings

What ceremony can we fit
 you into now?
If you had come
Out of a warm and noisy room
To this, there’d be an opposite
For us to know you by. We could
Imagine you in lively mood.

And then look at the other side,
The mood drawn out of you, the breath
Defeated by the power of death.
But we have never seen you stride
Ambitiously the world we know.
You could not come and yet you go.

But there is nothing now to mar
Your clear refusal of our world.
Not in our memories can we mould
You or distort you character.
Then all our consolation is
That grief can be as pure as this.

I Feel As Though My Heart Must Stop With Pain

Nicholas Gordon

I feel as though my heart must stop with pain.
I miss you so, the darkness will not pale.
My darling child, come to me again.
I know you cannot come, and still I strain
To put my arms around you through the veil.

I feel as though my heart must stop with pain.
Other lives and loves call me in vain.
I try to turn away from you and fail.
My darling child, come to me again.

You are my unendurable refrain.
Back and back I hurry to impale
My heart on you, to stop my heart with pain.
Yet nothing that I do undoes the plain
Brutal fact which always must prevail.

Ah, my darling, come to me again!
You are both my sunshine and my rain,
My dearest joy, my anguish, and my grail.
I feel as though my heart must stop with pain.
My darling child, come to me again.

The Glory of Life is Love

Author Unknown

The Glory of Life is not that it endures forever, but that, for a time, it includes so much that is beautiful.
It is a tree to those that grasp it, and happy are all who retain it.
Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peaceful.
We do not demand that the flower shall never die, nor that the song shall never end.
Nor would we be angry with life because one day its beauty will be dust, its music silent, and all its laughter and tears forgotten.
Life, the reality, is ours; we would shape it as nobly as we can.
We will not linger, like timid sailors in port, but will live dangerously, devoting ourselves with vigour to what seems to us good, beautiful and true.
The glory of Life is Love. Unending.

Dear Daddy

Noel Emkjer & Angel Kristen Angelica

I know I touched your life so deep
I wish I hadn’t made you weep
Like a beautiful rainbow, I had to fly away
My time with you was brief, I was not meant to stay
Thank you for giving me life and for loving me
I know how much you wish to hold me,
have a baby the world can see
But know that I am with you always
In the comforting warmth of the sun’s rays
I’m in the stars and the waves of the ocean blue
You are my daddy and I love you
Listen as my voice whispers to you on the breeze
My song will take flight among the trees
This Father’s Day even though we’re apart
I’m really with you, snug in your heart
I’m your little girl, I’ll be with you forever
I’m your angel girl and I have the best daddy ever!

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