Stillbirth: Four Months On


After the due date, things get loud.

The quiet sadness becomes a loop of thought


Followed by a stacatto percussive


Such terrible knowing,

Understanding the minuscule chasm between

Don’t and Should.

Should is willingly carried.

Heavy, yes. A burden, yes.

Obstinate Don’t refuses to be carried.

Demands to be left.

Doesn’t need help. Just recognition.

It is simple, horrific truth.

Don’t is all of the Gone in a pile.

Endurance requires remembering an unknown.

Small grace: this remembrance requires no mustering

Because you built young an assurance in the Unseen.

Before all this Terrible Seen.




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