Sunday, June 16, 2013

Hearing Voices


If I'd followed his advice
When he learned there was a baby
He didn't flinch, think twice
To keep it, he thought crazy

When he learned there was a baby
"Snuff it out," he blithely said
To keep it, he thought crazy
"We'll be better when it's dead"

"Snuff it out," he blithely said
His words came as a shock
"We'll be better when it's dead"
A hard place and a rock

His words came as a shock
Then I heard her lusty cry
A hard place and a rock
With love, I said goodbye

Then I heard her lusty cry
And yet I set her free
With love, I said goodbye
Her new parents, they make three

And yet I set her free
My desires, I deferred
Her new parents, they make three
I listened to God's word

My desires, I deferred
I didn't flinch, think twice
I listened to God's word
And I followed His advice

4 comments:

Charli Mills said...

Powerfully moving poem! What is the form? (Trying to recognize and learn.)

Irina Dimitric said...

Oh this is so very moving. So hard for a mother to give up her child for adoption.

I like this form.

Anonymous said...

"teach" you inspire me... very moving and a little gut renching as I was adopted and have always wondered what my Mother went through. Thanks. Love your sight...Richard Lynn Livesay

Sheila Deeth said...

Wow! Moving, beautifully structured, perfectly fitting form and content. Just wow!