Miscarriage Poems - Due Date
Today everyone else is happy
Rejoicing in pre-Halloween celebrations, an impending birth
And newborns they will dress in cute little costumes
They invite us to parties
It's understandable that they've long since forgotten
I give myself the right to be sad, to be envious
To reject invitations,
Because this year, the days just before Halloween
Mark a sad fact, where there was once joy-filled hope
It's nearly 5 months later, but it doesn't seem so long ago to me
Afterall, for my husband and me it wasn't a single event
It was 2 emergency room visits and 8 weeks of bleeding and anemia
Our prayers for me were answered
I did wake from this nightmare, and grew strong again
Today he or she would have joined us on this Earth
Breathed our same air
We would have held him or her
And touched his or her little hand
I don't feel I need to apologize for this day not being like any other
It seems respectful and understandable that this be a holy and sad time for us
I don't want to be forced to put on a happy face when I'm not
Nor to dress up, party, or otherwise celebrate a holiday
when in my heart, the guest of honor died
There will be other Halloweens
But this one belongs to our baby that might have been
J. Kim Birnbaum
October 27, 2009, due date October 29, 2009
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