Reverb10. December 29.
Defining moment. Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year. (from Kathryn Fitzmaurice, author of The Year the Swallows Came Early)
5 months ago today, Benjamin was born still.
Whose very conception involved
divine intervention –
Inviting a second child despite
the questions lingering in our hearts.
Then tests of faith,
Messages from angels through
Bringing me closer to
hearing them myself.
The heaviness of shock
as red dripped – no – poured, again.
A picture of him dancing
on a grainy screen.
Two months of freedom,
Knowing care must be taken,
Then the ache of fresh blood.
The final three weeks.
Phone calls in the night.
Husband catching planes
in fear and shock.
Daughter waking up to different
Crying only the last time.
The time we all cried –
The hemorrhage, the letting go
A light touch on my shoulder,
The warmth of strangers’ gazes,
I’m so sorry
for your loss.
He is not lost. He is in my arms.
1 lb, 1 oz
Tiny perfect fingers
Tiny perfect toes
His grandmother’s nose.
He is not lost.
He is in my tears,
in my growth,
in my husband’s eyes,
my daughter’s touch.
He is not lost. He is our son.
Kathryn Fitzmaurice says
And with my other hand which is not over my heart, I take yours and hold tight.
wholly jeanne says
well, sugar, i needed a good cry today. he is not lost. no, no, he is not. he will never be lost, you will continue to make sure of that through your tributes of words and deeds. i am hugging you from here today, and i am squeezing tight.
“Tiny perfect fingers, tiny perfect toes”: the perfect image you will never ever forget.
Thinking of you!
Sending you love for I have no words but an immense love for you and your family
Mari Huertas says
Truly, I have no words; only compassion. I send that. And warm wishes for you and your family.
Steve Sheeren says
Profoundly moving, my love. I continue to be amazed by your grace, insight and fullness of heart.
angela kelsey says
Benjamin is also not lost because he is here, in this post, and in the emotions each of your readers feels for you: love, compassion, sadness, admiration, and love again.
How could he be lost, which such a wonderful mama as you? Love to you today.
No. He is not lost.
He was here. He’s in your heart. And that tiny little boy is with us now as well.
Thank you for sharing Benjamin.
Bob D. says
*Heart swelling. Sending you all the best.*
Beautifuly written. Thank you. And now his is in my tears also.
Julie Daley says
I have no words. You’ve poured them all out onto the page.
I am sitting here, swimming in the Grace that pours forth from your soul.
Benjamin is here. He shines through your words and your ability to deeply touch the hearts of each friend who reads them.
All I can offer you is my love and that is everything.
Namaste, dear friend.
Sending my love.
Thank you. Brimming Stillness here, too, breathing in your gift.
Thank you. I lost a son, my only child, during the middle of my second trimester, also.
I still have no words. Bless you for sharing yours.
Love. so much love. Please know that this is what I’m sending to you and yours, Alana. You are such a brave and beautiful soul.
I happened across this today as I am approaching the 2 year anniversary of the loss of my baby girl. It brought it right back.
though sad, this is very beautiful.
i just came upon it, and at almost four months pregnant,
my heart aches for you… though you are a stranger.
i wish you healing in the new year to come.
you write beautifully about such a painful subject.