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Mothers of Lost Children by Sharon Waller Knutson

Mothers of Lost Children

Whether they disappear
at birth, childhood
or adulthood,
or a century ago,
we still swim
in a Sea of Sadness,
seeing their reflection
in the water,
waving our arms
as rescue boats float by.
Once onshore, we return
to our lives, until memories
wash over us like waves
and the tide threatens to pull us
under and that’s when hope
steps in and saves us from sinking.

by Sharon Waller Knutson

Editor’s Note: This poem speaks the unspeakable—the loss of a child—with grace and empathy and a deep understanding of loss.


3 responses to “Mothers of Lost Children by Sharon Waller Knutson”

  1. Shoshauna Shy Avatar

    Sharon has delivered a gut punch again. So hard to describe the undescribible, but she did it.

  2. richardsund Avatar

    A very painful poem but a stark reminder of loss of a child. I recommend The Rabbit Hole – movie with Nicole Kidman. Also painful and beautiful.

  3. Sarah Russell Avatar

    I just read this morning about a child taken from the hospital at birth, and Sharon’s poem echoes the devastation parents feel when they lose a child at any age. Gut-wrenching and beautiful

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