Have You Ever Lost A Child? In Loving Memory of Adelyn Rae Lynton

Have you ever lost child?
One with perfect toes,
Angelic features?
Have you ever experienced the guilt,
Thinking it was your fault?
But knowing it was not?

Have you ever lost a child?
Have you seen her all hooked up,
Inside a glass cage,
With tubes and such protruding?

Have you ever lost a child?
One that deserved to live?
Why did she go?
What did she do to deserve this?

Have you ever lost a child?
Has she only been a few days old,
With no understanding
of the world around her?

Have you ever lost a child?
Have you ever seen your daughter die?
Have you seen her turn blue,
With all the problems inside her?
Have you ever lost a child?
One that was struggling inside,
But looked so peaceful on the outside?
Have you ever lost a child?
And been through all that pain,
The grieving, the numbness, the denial?
Have you ever lost a child?
Have you ever stopped and considered,
That though she is away from you,
She’s in a better place?

Away from the tubes and needles,
Safe in the arms of God?

 

STORY BEHIND THE POEM:

In 2009, my second-cousin was born. She was premature, and only lived 5 days. Our family was heartbroken, watching this little girl who’d never breathed fresh air, dying. A picture of her is below.

Adelyn Rae Lynton

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