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 7 Years Ago


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Your words painted such a vivid picture of your experience that it is now part of my reality! Thank you for sharing and hugs!

Posted 6 Years Ago


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another brilliant piece from you...this is so sad...as i am not yet a mother i can't really relate to it...but from all that i have seen..i think it is one of the worst things that could happen to anyone....i think when parents are expecting a baby..they make this whole world in their minds..and when that world is shattered..when those memories that were to be made are just gone..when those dreams thathe baby hasn't dreamt even yet are shattered..when that life that could be...turns to ashes....nothing could be worse than that

Posted 6 Years Ago


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Oh my gosh. This is so sad but I loved the way you wrote this. Your style of writing I am starting to like. You impress me more and more each time I read one of your poems. I hate the thought of this topic. I could never write something so deep and depressing such as losing a child. I am not sure you know of a person that has lost someone or saw it, but it such a heartbreaking experience. I haven't experienced and I hope that I will be fortunate enough not to. I don't know the reason for why the people in this said it would be for the best. What was the issue with the baby? Or is that up to the reader to decide? Otherwise, excellence.

Posted 6 Years Ago


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i really liked it.....but it was extremely sad

Posted 6 Years Ago


This is sad and I truly hope this wasn't created through personal experience. Very good though. Fox-

Posted 6 Years Ago


You have taken me and I have been torn apart by this piece. It is just so amazing.

Posted 6 Years Ago


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

......................Why are people still living?
While my baby doesn't even get to breathe?........................

Just Marvellous. You have some serious talent. You pick up most touching lines. It was impactful. You have done a great job, my friend. One need to hav emotions to show emotions.... and those real "ones" are rare!!




Posted 6 Years Ago


How can you write such a beautiful meaningful poem without dropping tears on the keyboard. Heart rendering and full of sorrow. The feeling of helplessness eats into the soul. Do not ask, could I have done more, irrelevant now. So long as you give love while you can. This one is going in my saved files.

Posted 6 Years Ago


So beautiful and so sad. Thank you for sharing.

Posted 6 Years Ago


This is spectacular. It also tells a story, about a parent who lost a child. Sad, heartbreaking, but well-written and clear.

Posted 6 Years Ago



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Kiera Scanlon
Kiera Scanlon

waterford, Ireland



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