Ode to Scarlett

Ode to Scarlett

A Poem by Kiera Scanlon

You were lying in my arms,
As I endeavoured to say goodbye,
“It’s for the best”, they said,
Well, we all knew it was a lie.

They said, you wouldn't feel pain again,
But I wanted you to stay.
Your lack of life had more impact,
Than a hundred million men.

I know you could not see me,
but I held you all the same,
My hands were cold, my face was numb,
I couldn't cry, the tears wouldn't come.

How do you mourn the death of one,
Whose life had barely just begun?

I thought you were just sleeping,
To energize for the day,
But baby, you were sleeping so heavy,
You just wouldn't wake!

I feel so guilty for your death,
But I know not what I could have done,
Should I have watched you take every breath,
My precious little one?

You fought for every breath you took,
Reluctant to let go,
A mighty fight,
A battle,
Lost to a pernicious foe.
A last embrace consoled the soul,
As malevolent forces took their toll.

Why is time still passing?
When I feel it should have ceased.
Why are people still living?

While my baby doesn't even get to breathe?

© 2017 Kiera Scanlon



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this is a tragedy that begs the question "Why?" ... the weight of trying to make some kind of sense out of this heavy weight is simply not possible .. it is not "fair" ... the rhyme and reason for such things is beyond our human experience but human "faith" can offer solace without understanding, peace without reasons ... if this is about your loss, Kiera, I hope you have found comfort and strength to continue to walk through this very hard time ... I am a nurse in Pediatric Intensive Care and though children recover from tremendous insult some do not .. I feel your sorrow; you do not walk alone in this .. :(
E.

Posted 3 Years Ago


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such pain and remorse, the wondering if you could have done more.. the loss, the incredible loss.. a beautiful write for such a sorrowful moment

Posted 3 Years Ago


"My precious little one?
I thought you were just sleeping,
To energize for the day,
But baby, you were sleeping so heavy,
You just wouldn't wake!"

I was freezing when reading this...
Wonderful ^^

Posted 3 Years Ago


I am so heartbroken to read this one. It is beautiful sadness...I don't know what else to say but thank you for sharing such heart felt painful and beautifully written poem.

Posted 3 Years Ago


I thought you were just sleeping,
To energize for the day,
But baby, you were sleeping so heavy,
You just wouldn't wake!

Heartbreaking but touchable piece. Great verse dear.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Kiera, you have really touched on extremely powerful emotions here. Our son served in Afghanistan twice, and his mother and I constantly had thoughts like this weighing on us the whole time, fortunately he returned, alive, and whole, and undamaged mentally.
However three years ago a very good friend lost her 38 year old son to cancer, only a few weeks after the initial diagnosis. I had known him from the time he was less than two years old.
We went to visit her a year later, and spent a very sorrowful and painful night as she poured out her grief to us. I was so relieved that my wife had experience dealing with this, she was a palliative care nurse for years. It was almost enough to overwhelm me.
The words you have written here captured so much of what our friend expressed that sad night, her hurt, her pain, trying to comprehend how she outlived her son.
I would like your permission to send your poem to her.
Noel

Posted 3 Years Ago


Kiera Scanlon

8 Months Ago

Hi, Noel, I know my response is two years late and I am very sorry for that.. I am also so sorry for.. read more
Oh my how touching this poem is.. the loss of life is painful, the loss of youth is a tragedy and the loss of a child has got to be devastating. They say everything happens for a reason, but something like that is hard to grasp.

Posted 3 Years Ago


This is so heartbreaking. Hardly a poem, this is a question that we all ask, well, God after losing a loved one.

Posted 3 Years Ago


this is a tragedy that begs the question "Why?" ... the weight of trying to make some kind of sense out of this heavy weight is simply not possible .. it is not "fair" ... the rhyme and reason for such things is beyond our human experience but human "faith" can offer solace without understanding, peace without reasons ... if this is about your loss, Kiera, I hope you have found comfort and strength to continue to walk through this very hard time ... I am a nurse in Pediatric Intensive Care and though children recover from tremendous insult some do not .. I feel your sorrow; you do not walk alone in this .. :(
E.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Your agony flows through your lines, this is something no person should go through.

Posted 3 Years Ago


This is really beautiful, sad, painful and touching. Marvellous

Posted 3 Years Ago



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