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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Reminds me of a familiar story. This is moving...but you elegantly presented it. Thanks for the share.

Posted 4 Years Ago

To write of loss is to be true to the world - to share loss is to help heal.

I hope it is happening, the healing that is.

I feel any more I could say are just exposition to the situation besides I am sorry for what that is worth.

Posted 4 Years Ago

This was a heart-ripping poem and the pain was so real that you could feel it. To say the poem was beautiful sounds wrong somehow, yet it was, though of course the theme was painful. I do not know if this poem reflects a personal experience, but if it does, I am very, very sorry for the agony and grief you have gone through. My wife and I could not have children and while that is painful, it could not even approach the sorrow of losing a baby. I hope through this poem you found some degree of peace.

Posted 4 Years Ago

This was a powerful and painfully sad poem. I was brought to tears. It is written beautifully. thank you for sharing

Posted 4 Years Ago

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I caught my self. I was rambling on - this poem is extremely powerful and painful. Through faith we can deal with anything - the loss of a child at any age is the most painful. When my kid brother died I felt him pull on my soul.

Posted 4 Years Ago

There are seldom such times when a person is left speechless, lost deep in thoughts. Your words hold such power. All I have to offer is respect for offering such thought provoking poem.

Posted 4 Years Ago

Extremely powerful poetry. The fear and confusion was conveyed perfectly. Such a tender and taboo subject that not too many people have the strength to peel open. Thanks for sharing! -JL

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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