A Daughter Lost
A Daughter Lost
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
One memory taunts my soul to wake,
lingering at the edge of pain.
The expectant eyes of my daughter breaks
me down to dust, like crushed dry earth.
Teetering at the edge of life she smiled,
embraced my soul and quelled the aching in my heart.
Her pain was superficial; death without consideration,
she clung to each second of life, each breath imbued with love.
Her kindness was immeasurable, her understanding complete,
she loved through her physical pain, thankful for anguish.
She simply new that she was surrounded by love,
that her parents adored her, were blessed with her life.
She shared what she could, in the time she had,
four months on earth such a fleeting life.
But within it she reached for all that she loved,
touched people in such profound ways.
Her tiny body ravaged by the knife, catheters and feeding lines,
lay swollen and deformed, black and blue.
Yet each time I neared her she smiled like nothing was happening,
like life was simple and happiness filled her heart.
Her strength beyond measure, her courage unfathomable,
her love and acceptance of the harshness of reality incredible.
When death finally found her, she accepted it with grace
and simply let go of life to continue her journey.
In her heart the memory of family who love her deeply, completely,
and will always remember her will, her strength and understanding.
One tiny baby, a tortured body, a loving mind
and a soul at rest.
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