Lillian Susan Thomas


*children Of Grief - Poem by Lillian Susan Thomas

A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on."
― Carl Sandburg

In the days after 9/11
All over New York City,
Babies were born, some came weeks early.
Even across the country the birth rate hiccuped a little.
People began calling them
"Children of grief" and "children of fear"
From all the stress and anxiety
Those mothers went through,
no matter if they lost someone close to them or not.
But surely God wished to comfort us
For all those gathered to paradise in their prime.
The streets of heaven were crowded
That day with heroes and accountants,
Firemen and secretaries, soldiers and lawyers.
Perhaps some souls had to leave God's side
To make room for all the new occupants.

And is it not said,
"Every child brings into the world
Their own blessing, "
Yes, we need that grace in the worst way.
So it rained babies.
And from New York it went out
Across the land.
As the light from the top of the towers
Went out forever,
A beacon of hope in our hearts
Took its place and each
Infant carried a spark.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written December 2009

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Poem Edited: Tuesday, October 30, 2012


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