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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Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you can relate Houa Lor, this completely changed my life, and many others who share a similar experience.

Thank you for following too. I hope I continue to inspire with my words and thoughts. Take care.


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Houa Lor 4 years ago from Minnesota

I can relate to your Hub. My niece went through the same ordeal too. Thank you for sharing such a heart felt and strong message about the tiny people who makes a big difference in our lives.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks mar, she is indeed my angel.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

My dear man,

You found the strength and beauty in your small daughter and learned so much from her in her short, blessed life. I pray that you are comforted by your special angel, who is forever watching over you, mar.

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