Saturday, March 21, 2009

A Different Child by Pandora MacMillian

A Different Child by Pandora MacMillian

People notice
There's a special glow around you.

You grow
Surrounded by love,
Never doubting you are wanted;
Only look at the pride and joy
In your mother and father's eyes.

And if sometimes
Between the smiles
There's a trace of tears,
One day
You'll understand.

You'll understand
There was once another child
A different child
Who was in their hopes and dreams.

That child will never outgrow the baby clothes
That child will never keep them up at night
In fact, that child will never be any trouble at all.

Except sometimes, in a silent moment,
When mother and father miss so much
That different child.

May hope and love wrap you warmly
And may you learn the lesson forever
How infinitely precious
How infinitely fragile
Is this life on earth.

One day, as a young man or woman
You may see another mother's tears
Another father's silent grief
Then you, and you alone
Will understand
And offer the greatest comfort.

When all hope seems lost,
You will tell them
With great compassion,
"I know how you feel.
I'm only here
Because my parents tried again".

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Liz - this is a really great poem. I hope you don't mind if I still it and put it on my blog because it speaks so much to me (as I sit here and cry my eyes out!). Hope you are feeling well! Marissa

Never forgetting Gregory said...

I really love that. I also may steal it from you, if you don't mind. Thank you for sharing. I'm trying to figure out ways to honor my son and make my next child feel just as loved. Thank you for posting this.

Lynne said...

I love the poem. Thank you for sharing it.

Lea said...

Beautiful, heart felt poem.

thank you