Friday 26 October 2012


Resting on  dusty rafters
in the attic space
cocooned in cobwebs
concealed by darkness
lies a wooden box.

Inside, the story
of a short life
written in love
wrapped in grief
lost in time.

Today, unsealed
a wound revealed
a need fulfilled
in reconnection
to a child.

A teddy bear
stained with tears
and yellow drops
of medication
that failed to save a life.

Graveside cards
stolen from wreaths
their heartfelt words
faded and lost
but not to this heart.

A pack of nappies
never opened,
a babygro
that never clothed
a tiny helpless form.

But most poignant of all
the umbilical clamp
white plastic encrusted
in dried blood.
Is it yours or mine?

If yours then this
is all I have
of a precious baby girl
who lived nine months
inside of me
but a mere two weeks
in the World.

And how these bereaved
and empty arms
long to hold you still,
but I guess for now
your teddy bear
as a substitute must do
and with these often falling tears
I'm counting down life's years
until my time on Earth is spent
and I'm reunited with you.


  1. My dear Ygraine,
    This had me in tears, an extremely touching and emotional write for me to read - thank you for sharing it must have been extremely difficult to write.

  2. Wow!, very powerful and touching indeed, well done again.

    1. Thank you Windsmoke, so very much. That means a lot to me :)

  3. Thank you, Rose, thank you so much.
    To be honest, I was quite hesitant about posting this. I have been missing her so much this week - I'm not sure why.
    So I decided to go ahead anyway, as a sort of tribute.
    I apologise for making you feel sad. That was rather thoughtless of me. I hope you can forgive me?

  4. Ygraine, so heartwrenchingly beautiful. I cried and cried.I think this was probably one of the most poignant things I have ever read. I'm glad you posted. it is a beautiful tribute to her. I can't imagine the pain. I am holding you in my heart as you walk through this shakey week. xoxox

    1. Thank you. Thank you for caring; for understanding; for being my friend; for everything; and especially for your support.
      All these things mean so much.
      At times like these, just knowing you're there is my lifeline.
      Hugs xxx

  5. Heart-rending. I embrace you and send you a kiss of hope. ♥

    1. I guess it was selfish, Gnome, but I had such a need to share this moment.
      An embrace and a kiss of hope is exactly what I needed.
      Thank you so, so much.


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