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 […]

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 […]

For Sebastian’s Sake by Jason Garey

An elegy for Sebastian Peter Garey. Born in silence on April 6, 2013 Our sixth month journey was clear sailing Mama held you in safe harbor Our arms anxiously awaited you Our swelling hearts concurred Then darkness fell, devastation swept through Your tiny heart went silent Shock, disbelief, heartbreak shook us Like benign clouds gone […]

Death at Sea by Amy Lutes

miscarriage is like a death at sea in the olden days,when there was no choice but to throw the body overboard, and the mourning family would stand at the prow, watching the body sink, watching it slip away into the depths of an endless ocean, knowing they would never again pass by this way, knowing […]

Song Child By Shelly Price

Upon the christening of your passage, the Earth was still. All her creatures waited in reverent silence, poised to hear the sweet strains of your Song. “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I set you apart.” The Song Giver composes a Song for each of his children […]

I Shall Find You by Kacy Wiant

Dearest Tank, I may have never known The way you blinked your eyes Or heard the sound of your pleading cries.. Never felt you tug my hair Or call me “Aunt Ace”, But I will know you In the depths of a sacred place. Human things could not contain your spirit, But God’s creation always […]

Scars by Sarah Caito

You can’t see the scars The marks left from grief The fear The anxiety Waiting for the other shoe to drop Waiting for the next terrible thing to happen Trying as hard as you can to Just stay positive Trying as hard as you can to Remember why you should Stay positive The scars of […]

Living in New Skin by Angel Klodt

A genetic lottery they say, I remember all too clearly that day. A lottery no one should “win”, Leukemia – the words still sinking in. A beautiful bouncy baby boy, Short lived however was my joy. Hopes & dreams for a new life, Cancer – the word cut like a knife. I would be brave […]

Poetry by Daniel McGregor

Childless Baptism Voices in joyful conversation Families gather in the Narthex Each with anticipated pride Arms baring the Lord’s bounty. Process down the isle Toward the blessed baptismal water Grace given manifest form Sacrament of inclusion and embrace. Empty arms, broken hearts We step to the altar We hold no child So Sorrow dances on […]

In My Back Pocket by Angela Miller

i carry all my sons with me, at all times—   two on the curves of my hips, and   one, folded, preserved— tucked neatly inside the back pocket of my heart.   Bio: Angela Miller is the mother of three boys, two she holds in her arms, and one she forever holds in her […]