HER ONLY CHILD — A Poem

 

Only one kind of nursing for her

Neonatal ICU

Her heart pounded compassion

For the newly born unfinished ones

 

Her own large  Irish family

Seven children, sixteen grandchildren

And now 

Two new twin granddaughters

 

Pat sighed deeply

 A heaviness to her downward stare

A glistening coated her eyes

Beautiful identical twins 

 

 Kara and Karen

But Kara's cord

Had strangled her

She would never be like her sister

 

From the abyss of absolute darkness

She released

A silent scream

Impotent  to heal

 

Her loved one

And I knew

Kara had become

Her only child

 

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