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Still Standing’s Poetry Sunday: How I Remember You by Julie Forman

I stopped to watch the caged birds. They flitted and stretched in flashes of yellowbluebrownredgreen. The crowd of them was a storm of swirling molecules. But, up close, each could be identified by the smallest details. One particular canary had a cowlicked tuft of wing that fanned up like a showgirl’s plumage. The finches cracked [...]


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A Photograph of Us by Cheli Blasco

like the moon not yet full nestled in the leaves like me and you not fully formed already out of my body the breeze brings me you swiflty (too soon) swishes right back out but in the swishing I felt you not still caressing me pressing your breath sweet baby breath on my chest slobbery [...]


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On Scars & Healing by Kathy Benson

I have been in pelvic floor physical therapy for the past nine months, helping my body to heal from the trauma of trying to build our family since 2002. My therapist has focused a lot of her time and attention on my C-section scars, connective tissue, and all that has been impacted by our efforts, [...]


Pruning Burning Bushes by Sarah M. Wells

Assailants A pair of bluebirds perch beside the nestingbox. They keep trying to fly in, twitter as they flutter, but a sparrow blocks the entrance. The bluebirds cheep and flap their feathers, fly frantically to the telephone wire. The male bird settles near the nestingbox on the roof and she follows, the female, a mother [...]


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These Marks by Anonymous

About this Piece: These marks, these scars I now bear… They tell of a place my babies grew, they tell of the love I have for my fiancée and the love I have for my children. They also tell a story of hope after heartache and a reminder of loss. I was once naive to [...]


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The Scar Reminds Me by Amy Fessler

About this Piece: My first and only pregnancy (and subsequent loss) has left me scarred – but also healing – both physically and emotionally.  At 22 weeks, I unexpectedly had an aortic dissection and needed emergency heart surgery to replace my aortic valve.  Our daughter was 2 weeks too early for viability, and so she quietly [...]


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Before and After by Emily Geering

Life is now divided. There was the time before our daughter, Charlie, was born sleeping at forty weeks of age. And the period which followed. I’m certain most bereaved parents would echo that such gut-wrenching loss is life-changing. I’m also sure that would come as no surprise to those fortunate to have never experienced such [...]


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I stopped to watch the caged birds. They flitted and stretched in flashes of yellowbluebrownredgreen. The crowd of them was a storm of swirling molecules. But, up close, each could be identified by the smallest details. One particular canary had a cowlicked tuft of wing that fanned up like a showgirl’s plumage. The finches cracked [...]


The day Jenna died and I walked away from the hospital with empty arms I cried so many tears my face hurt and my soul felt dead Life was changed Death was real And I wondered if anybody knew about my tears. The day of the funeral came And I wondered why I had to [...]


I sit quietly in the rocking chair Waiting for my sweet angel to rest his head on my chest He flutters down from the heavens ever so graciously I know when he has landed because I smile and our electric love sparks and ignites. We are transported back to the NICU I feel his warm [...]


like the moon not yet full nestled in the leaves like me and you not fully formed already out of my body the breeze brings me you swiflty (too soon) swishes right back out but in the swishing I felt you not still caressing me pressing your breath sweet baby breath on my chest slobbery [...]


We’ve dreamed of you, embraced in arms Of baby smiles and stares We’ve loved you long before we knew If you were even there And there you were, two little lines A promise of new life First flash of white, your tiny heart A husband’s glowing wife You grew for only two short months And [...]


Molly's Grave Heart

I have been in pelvic floor physical therapy for the past nine months, helping my body to heal from the trauma of trying to build our family since 2002. My therapist has focused a lot of her time and attention on my C-section scars, connective tissue, and all that has been impacted by our efforts, [...]


Assailants A pair of bluebirds perch beside the nestingbox. They keep trying to fly in, twitter as they flutter, but a sparrow blocks the entrance. The bluebirds cheep and flap their feathers, fly frantically to the telephone wire. The male bird settles near the nestingbox on the roof and she follows, the female, a mother [...]


You came at me, with smiles galore Bursting to share about your littlest one. I took a deep breath and said a quick prayer. I listened intently, focused on every word, Smiling, laughing and celebrating with you The news of his first smile. Please try to remember… I like to share too. You caught me [...]