She Did Not Have a Name

11 Jun

She Did Not Have a Name


She was beautiful, the child:

She took my breath away

There on the clinic bed.

Born too soon they said;

Forced to,

Not welcome in this world.

They argued back and forth

The learned men.

Behind closed doors

They talked and said:

“She’s in the hands of God.”

“She’s come too soon.” they said:

“Forced to”

“She has no soul”

And left.

“Nurse”, the sister said:

“Go stay with her. She shall not be alone.”

We stood, a second nurse and I

And watched the baby die:

But not before our own eyes met

And our hands spread in helpless pain,

And willing the child to live.

She did not have a name.

                                                      © jeanihess

Previously posted at:

Jeanihess Blog South Africa


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