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Stillness
Author: Capricorn

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You arrived today,
early --
and breathless.

A tiny, motionless gift.
You were to flood my life
with warmth;
now the coldness
numbs me.

Your crib is empty
like my womb.

I glimpsed you briefly --
longed to cradle your fragility,
sing lullabies
and simply love you;

they hurried you away
with a slice of my soul.

The blanket
that once shrouded you
exudes your essence.
My comfort blanket now.

Congratulatory bouquets
have been exchanged
for funereal wreaths.

Life resounds with --
silence.

------- Author's Notes -------

I have had this poem accepted to be published in a poetry journal `Illuminations' that are supporting the `Samantha Paige Crusade' which offers help to mothers and families affected by stillbirth.

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Comments on this poem/writing:

barb (209.112.22.242) -- Friday, July 23 2004, 12:04 am

so unselfish cap to share this

you reminding us of what others go through makes our problems seem so silly. So you are getting your name out there.When you are famous, remember us struggling poets.:) Very nice cap and congratulations.
Capricorn (82.36.129.85) -- Friday, July 23 2004, 02:22 pm

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Ha ha!! I think it will take more than one poem to make me famous. If I ever will it will probably be after my days here -- like most artists. I think I'll always be struggling... like evryone else --haha!!
Martin Vann (63.185.80.210) -- Friday, July 23 2004, 03:57 pm

Cap, We Have Always, Honored You, We Read Your Poe

Cap, I read this as a part of so many, women's hearts and I feel for them, as best, a man can. She lies there, all alone, not the way she thought it would be. No sweetness, at her breast, no sound at all, this was not the way, it was ment to be. then, in her sadness, she looks up, sees more than a wall, over head, she sees her baby, laughing and smiles, as she sees her baby, being held, in God's arms. Cap, you have always been honored, by all of us, whom with, you have shared your heart. -MartinV
Terrie* (65.136.6.243) -- Friday, July 23 2004, 09:28 pm

Cap your words have a very calming effect..

this has great meaning to me out of 7 pregnancies i was finally blessed w/2 miracle children..Your words are an open soothing prayer. a hug from Jesus is forever.. and knowing that the hearts we lost are in those hands brings us peace,solitude and understanding, and soothing to know that an Angel among us holds loving thoughts in her heart..thank you for such lovely caring words my tears fall to catch another..
Cap (82.36.129.85) -- Saturday, July 24 2004, 09:54 pm

Thanks Martin

I have been so touched by the women who this has happened to that I felt I had to write about it. Thank you for your kind words
Cap (82.36.129.85) -- Saturday, July 24 2004, 10:02 pm

God bless you Terrie

I am so pleased to hear that you have 2 little miracles now.I have been very moved by reading about the women who lose their babies and sat down to write this.It must be an awful experience and I am happy for your blessings Terrie --take care
Meridian (64.12.116.200) -- Sunday, July 25 2004, 01:11 am

Heart touching

A bittersweet poem "Stillness".... My aunt, had 5 pregnancies, and was blessed with three sons.... Out of those pregnancies, she had miscarriages, but she has her three sons (like the television seires...lol)! Terrie* is blessed as well, to have miracle children! God has smiled on you Cap, and Terrie*! Wonderful submission! Smiles, -Meridian
Cap (82.36.129.85) -- Sunday, July 25 2004, 10:38 pm

Thanks

Thanks Meri for your kind words
Tarna (4.226.171.1) -- Monday, July 26 2004, 09:34 am

Very worthy

this poem is very worthy of publication in such a tribute. Very intense and easily understood.. Great poem capturing such a sad moment of time in a womans life or man's for tha matter)great read
Capricorn (82.36.129.85) -- Monday, July 26 2004, 10:53 pm

Thanks Tarna

Thank you for your nice comments.
 
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