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Shattered Dreams, Broken Hearts

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hoot_owl_rn
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Shattered Dreams, Broken Hearts

You entered this world
bathed
in a sea of amniotic fluid
and blood.

The delivery room
echoed
with cries
of despair
that came from my mouth.

Our dreams had come true,
and shattered
all at the same time;
when, rather than being born
into life,
you were born
dead.

Instead of being baptized
in the light of a stained glass window,
as angels watched on;
you were baptized
in the stark glow
of an antiseptic hospital room
by an angel in white;
who carefully bathed your body
then gave you back to me,
swaddled in a nest of blankets;
but there were no cries
to soothe.

I placed you next to me;
sheltered you against my rounded breasts
full of milk
to nourish your lifeless body.

My hands
lightly traced across the milky whiteness
of your still warm flesh
and gently stroked
your thick, black hair.
I placed my finger on your palm,
longing to feel
your tiny hands encircle it
and wept
when, like you,
they didn’t move.

Liquid mirrors of tears
ran in rivers
down my cheeks
catching the light
and reflecting my grief.

I held you,
for a brief time;
my eyes and hands
memorizing each bit of you,
till your picture
was emblazoned in my mind.

Then,
with a broken heart,
I gave you,
my angel,
up to God,
whose heart
was the first to break.


(Sorry, I need to add here that this was not written from my own personal experience but rather from the pain I've seen at the loss of my neices baby and professionally at the grief of parents whose dreams are shattered in a heartbeat.)


 When you truly know the meaning
of the word Love,
you will also know the meaning
of the word Pain
~Javan


[This message has been edited by hoot_owl_rn (edited 01-03-2000).]
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whiskey
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1 posted 01-03-2000 06:46 PM       View Profile for whiskey   Email whiskey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit whiskey's Home Page   View IP for whiskey

So very sad, I dont know what to say, God is with you  
Seaangel
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2 posted 01-03-2000 06:47 PM       View Profile for Seaangel   Email Seaangel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seaangel

Beautiful and heart-breaking, hoot.
Michael
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3 posted 01-03-2000 06:47 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Ruth, the is so sad...and so beautiful.  Heartbreaking and touching too.  Very well done poem.  HUGS

Michael
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4 posted 01-03-2000 06:55 PM       View Profile for Tamera   Email Tamera   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tamera

Beautiful, and so sad. Another good one, how do you do it?  
Tamera
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5 posted 01-03-2000 06:58 PM       View Profile for First__Knight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for First__Knight

Ruth your words always take me there in a flash......I seem to live in the poems you write and I can see every move...every flash of thought...every feeling.  Your words are easy to read yet hold deep meaning without being difficult.  And when I reach the end of your poem it was if I wake from a dream and can remember it all....sometimes to well......I was left feeling sad at this and I cried.  

 Being in love with someone is more than just saying "I love you"


Local Rebel
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6 posted 01-03-2000 07:00 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

I do not share your talent for empathy.  I've only been able to write poetry from my own perspective.  Prose -- a little easier.  But not poetry.

marvelous job!
Corinne
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7 posted 01-03-2000 07:35 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

dear hoot,

This poem sent chills down my spine and brought tears to my eyes.  

That you would and could share this most personal tragedy with us, leaves me speechless.  I'm not sure that I could, and I admire you greatly for being this brave.

Corinne
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8 posted 01-03-2000 07:51 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

**pause, take deep breath, wipe eyes**

This happened to my mother.  One of my earliest childhood memories is of her, telling me that had I not been there (I was one at the time), she would have killed herself in a fit of grief.  I have no reason to think that she would not have.

You have one of the most wonderful and terrible vocations in existence -- I envy you your strength but not your position.

Blessings upon you and the angels that you work with -- both the newborn ones and the real ones.

God this was heartbreaking.  

--Kess


 You cannot choose the way of your death, but the path you choose will determine its own end.



[This message has been edited by Skyfyre (edited 01-03-2000).]
Denise
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9 posted 01-03-2000 08:11 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I can't even imagine grief as deep as this must be. I am sitting here crying at just the thought of it. Your verse caputured all the turbulant emotion that must be felt by parents experiencing such loss. Well done, Ruth.

 Denise

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10 posted 01-03-2000 08:51 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Hoot: Again...or maybe my frame of mind...but you paint a picture that I remember here.

HUSG

 Don't ask me where I'm going, just listen when I'm gone and far away you'll hear me singing softly to the dawn.

Elizabeth Santos
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11 posted 01-03-2000 09:01 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Hoot
You are quite a poet, truly amazing, I would say. You will never teach me to write poetry like this.
This is so well written, and emotion wrenching, I would have guessed it to be your own personal experience. It's amazing, Hoot
Liz
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12 posted 01-03-2000 09:04 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

The emotion you can stir with your writing is of Olympic  proportions....once again, a beautiful piece of writing.
hoot_owl_rn
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I just want to say thank you everyone for your all too kind words. I am either blessed or cursed with the ability to feel what others are feeling...when someone greives, I greive, when they cry, I cry, when they hurt, I hurt...not always a good thing, but it helps me to be more empathatic and most certainly helps in bringing these emotions across in my writing.
I will tell you what I know I'm blessed with...the most supportive, caring group of friends and fellow poets anyone could ever ask for. Thank you all  
Munda
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14 posted 01-03-2000 09:42 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

I'm crying Ruth....I'm crying
hoot_owl_rn
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I'm sorry Munda  
Dark Angel
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16 posted 01-04-2000 01:31 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

This is very beautiful and heatbreaking,This makes me think of Mum, when my twin sister was still born, I can only imagine the heartbreak and grief that was upon her. You are an amazing poet Ruth, this is so beautifully written.

 What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


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17 posted 01-04-2000 01:36 AM       View Profile for samsonheart   Email samsonheart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for samsonheart

I ditto everything said hoot, very emotional and expressive. Beautiful work of art. Thankful it was not from personal experience.

samsonheart
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18 posted 01-04-2000 01:38 AM       View Profile for amber   Email amber   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for amber

I have to say this is a very beautiful poem. I could almost feel these words and this babies hand as the tears spilled down my face. Beautiful!
hoot_owl_rn
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Thank you Dark Angel, samsonheart and amber  
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20 posted 01-04-2000 03:19 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Ruth - I empathise with your ability to empathise! LOL ruefully - it can be a burden I know - but also a gift I think.

Well done on this - excellent and heartwrenching too.

K


 ...I am not a painter, I am a poet... F. O'Hara
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21 posted 01-04-2000 03:41 AM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Once again words fail me dear friend. Hugs to you.

 Now and forever, my heart hears ~one voice~.
DreamEvil©
-------------------------------------------------------
"Either kill me or take me as I am,
because I'll be damned if I ever change..."

Count Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade
(Marquis de Sade)

hoot_owl_rn
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Severn and Dream Evil....thank you both for your kind words  
Echo Rhayne
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23 posted 01-05-2000 11:24 AM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

Why is it I always have to have a box of tissues when i get on the computer, oh yeah, cause of poems like this!!  Very emotional, amost felt like it was me you wrote it so well.  I think you captured the feelings of how likely your neice probably felt. You have such a pwerful way with your words, most excellent job, now excuse me while I go have a good cry!


 ~*~ ^i^ ~*~ Love is such a lonely art, and death is but a taste. Minds are merely instruments that often go to waste! ~*~ ^i^ ~*~
Marilyn
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24 posted 01-05-2000 12:20 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

What can I say Ruth? You are an amazing poet and a wonderful friend. I too wanted to go into a profession such as yours. I did not because of the torture of the soul. I wanted to work with abused children and found I did not have the strebgth for it. I would have taken all the children home with me and killed all the parents. It would not have been a good thing.

It is amazing that with all you see, you are still so loving and sharing.

All my love to you my friend.
 
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