I would hold you close

In my arms

As you grieve your loss

Mother     Father     Siblings

Your family     your home

Witnessing scenes

No child should have to see

No one should have to see

If I could     Child

I would erase these pictures

From your mind

Your mind’s hauntings

Spilling into your dreamworld



You are every child

To me

Who has suffered cruelties

Of war

Cruelties from greed

Cruelties from those who use their power

To take what does not belong

To them

Child     if I could

I would explain such behavior

To help you understand

I cannot

For I do not understand

Never will     never will


But Child     this I do know

With certainty

Love is the Healer

And I Love you


2 thoughts on “Child

  • March 1, 2018 at 4:10 am

    so beautifully written

  • March 1, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    What a lovely poem, Wendy. So much feeling comes across. Very difficult times we live in. Indeed love is the answer as well as unswerving radical acceptance and compassion. The image you include says that beautifully.


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