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 .. :(

Posted 4 Years Ago

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poignant, sad, beautiful, emotionally written and heart breaking, so sorry.............

Posted 4 Years Ago

I've lost many, but never a child. I'm not certain I'm strong enough to survive that. This is beautifully written and perfectly captures the pain!

Posted 4 Years Ago

I wouldn't even want to try to imagine such loss and pain...
Beautifully penned.

Posted 4 Years Ago

That is every mother's worst fear. And I like how you close the poem at the point where grief turns to rage. I am left imagining the bitterness and fury that she most certainly feels and yet, I can't help imagining a poor woman holding a pillow like her baby.

Posted 4 Years Ago

I cannot even imagine the pain of a loss like that and the specter of it that follows your thoughts. No parent should ever bear such pain. My heart goes out to you.

Posted 4 Years Ago

I am a new father. I cried for you when I read this, cannot imagine the pain. Yet I know it is greater than all emotions that we feel in our lives combined.

Posted 4 Years Ago

Unspeakable pain finding words which leave the readers speechless.

Posted 4 Years Ago

While reading this, my heart literally hurt. I have been through the heartache of miscarrying a child and have felt that pain - so reading this poem about the loss of a child is not that far off of my own emotions. This captured that pain beautifully, and I felt every word. Thank you for sharing such a wonderfully sad poem.

Posted 4 Years Ago

This is very heartbreaking and hits a very deep chord with me as my wife and I are expecting our first child. I've often been afraid of this, and I send my deepest sympathies to you. My heart truly aches for you. Wonderfully written.

Posted 4 Years Ago

I don't know much about poetry, but that was beautiful...

Great work.

Posted 4 Years Ago

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Added on April 4, 2014
Last Updated on May 29, 2017


Kiera Scanlon
Kiera Scanlon

waterford, Ireland

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