when your child might die

23 Feb

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when your child might die

By L. Stewart Marsden

 

there is no one knows
the empty stomach-pit fit
when your child might die;
there is no source for tears
that tear† through eyes –
but so soon dry and shrivel
like pitted prunes sapped sere by
the hot, ruthless sun;
not
one
who knows the throes
of heart and throat –
that ache beyond belief
at how your child might
cease to cry or laugh or wail in anger;
borne away by some horrid thief
that managed to break in
and take the thing –
the one thing –
you ever cared about or for;
there is no one knows,
when your child might die,
unless, of course,
they know.

 

 †pronounced “tare”
Copyright © by Lawrence S. Marsden, 23 February, 2015
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7 Responses to “when your child might die”

  1. Cindy Baker February 23, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    Skip, a very heart felt poem….

    • skipmars February 23, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

      Maryly was the sister I never knew. I may have already shared the story surrounding her death. If not, I will at some point. Also, Graham’s diagnosis of cancer when he was just shy of 3 years old prompted this as well.

  2. Outlier Babe February 24, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    A perfect ending, Skip. No on one else CAN know.

  3. Marie February 24, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

    Touching. We are in the midst of this situation, though I don’t blog it.

    • skipmars February 24, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

      I am sorry to hear that. You have my thoughts and prayers.

      • Marie February 25, 2015 at 1:37 am #

        And you too xxxxx

      • Marie March 4, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

        I tell myself life is a cycle, we do our best with what we make of it making the most of each day counts.

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