Abortion Poem

Grief After Abortion

One year ago, I had an unplanned pregnancy. I was 30 years old, in a new relationship, in between apartments, financially unsteady... in no position to have a child. I never thought I wanted kids, but everything changed when I saw the test result. I wanted so badly to keep my baby - to name them, hold them, make them laugh. Sadly, I couldn't. Terminating my pregnancy was devastating, so I channeled my grief into poetry. I wrote this for the baby I lost and guardian angel I gained.

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The Funeral

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Published: June 16, 2022

This year on Independence Day,
I had to set you free.
What should have been a miracle,
Morphed into tragedy.

I wish I said, "I love you."
Crazy, but it's true.
I wonder if you'd look like us;
Would your eyes be brown or blue?

I've pictured you wrapped in my arms,
As I hum a lullaby.
I'd give anything to see you laugh,
Or even hear you cry.

I pray that you'll forgive me,
But I understand if not.
Although your soul's in heaven now,
You'll live forever in my heart.

Rest in peace, my tiny angel.
I swear you'll always be
A shooting star, a ray of light
In our lonely galaxy.

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