Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Poem For JD

This was shared with me by Lisette. It is beautiful and I wanted to share it here.

I often wonder what will be my first words to JD about his big sister. I wonder what we will tell him about her, about her death, about our love for her...about how much we miss her. I wonder how he will feel when he gets older and knows the whole story...the whole truth...and how he came to be...

A Different Child
poem by Pandora MacMillian

People notice
There's a special glow around you.
You grow
Surrounded by love,
Never doubting you are wanted;
Only look at the pride and joy
In your mother and father's eyes.

And if sometimes
Between the smiles
There's a trace of tears,
One day
You'll understand.

You'll understand
There was once another child
A different child
Who was in their hopes and dreams.

That child will never outgrow the baby clothes
That child will never keep them up at night
In fact, that child will never be any trouble at all.
Except sometimes, in a silent moment,
When mother and father miss so much
That different child.

May hope and love wrap you warmly
And may you learn the lesson forever
How infinitely precious
How infinitely fragile
Is this life on earth.

One day, as a young man or woman
You may see another mother's tears
Another father's silent grief
Then you, and you alone
Will understand
And offer the greatest comfort.

When all hope seems lost,
You will tell them
With great compassion,
"I know how you feel.
I'm only here
Because my mother tried again."


Once A Mother said...

I remember the first time I read this poem, it left me just stricken with emotion. it is so beautiful, and perfect for little JD.

PS did you see Steph had her rainbow? Those babies in the clouds have delivered two miracles so far... :)

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing.

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