Yesterday’s Child and Tomorrow’s Child

3 Mar

Flickr Photo Download: babyboy

Yesterday’s child left at the end of February a year ago.
The first snow in a decade marked his passing.
He didn’t go quietly into the night.
He clung to his frail body with tenacity.
He savored each of his 90 years
He amazed the doctors again and again,
Fighting back from death’s edge
For another year, another month, another day–
Each time they said he couldn’t.
When they gave up predicting, he left.

Tomorrow’s child came at the start of February this year.
The worst snow in decades marked his arrival.
He came quietly to life, smiled like he was greeting an old friend.
He’s impatient to get about the business of living,
Clinging to wakefulness for hours at a time.
He amazed everyone, holding up his head at the end of the first week.
Batting the blanket with new limbs he tries to push up and move forward,
Not satisfied that he’s already defying predictions.
Not yet, but not so long from now, he’ll succeed.

They named tomorrow’s child after yesterday’s child
The named slipped into place, feeling as perfect as he does in my arms.
Life’s sacred torch passed from yesterday to tomorrow.

I know I’m supposed to be blogging about e-books but I saw this prompt for Three Word Wednesday and my writing addiction took over. But if you’re a commenter on this post you’re entered in the drawing for a free e-library like everyone else. Thanks for stopping by and click that Three Word Wednesday link to see what other participants wrote.


17 Responses to “Yesterday’s Child and Tomorrow’s Child”

  1. Just Someone March 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    loved this line — “Life’s sacred torch passed from yesterday to tomorrow.”

    Nice piece…

  2. anthonynorth March 3, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    This one worked so well. Great words.

  3. Lilibeth March 3, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    Beautiful use of the prompt. I can just see it.

  4. Stan Ski March 3, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    Lion’s last roar heralds arrival of lamb.

  5. thommyg March 3, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    First, thanks for coming out to play in the 3WW garden. You’ve proved you belong, as this piece was a wonderful example of something beautiful – sadly beautiful – created with words.

  6. lissa March 3, 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    provoking and a reminder that life goes in circles

    I am always amaze by people’s tenacity to carry on even in the face of death

    thanks for your visit

  7. Thomma Lyn March 3, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

    Oh my goodness. Beautiful. Speaks so eloquently to the circles of life. I have tears in my eyes.

  8. chrisd March 4, 2010 at 12:07 am #

    That was absolutely precious. And thank you for sharing the pictures. Lovely~

  9. Julie Jordan Scott March 4, 2010 at 4:48 am #

    First – thank you for commenting on my poem for 3WW and second, I am grateful your writing urge took over. This is gorgeous, positively gorgeous.

    Such a lovely, easy to reach into and understand writing voice. Vivid pulse.

    Thank you

  10. Dee March 4, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    Not nice to make me cry in the morning when I should be getting ready for work!! This was so lovely – I too am glad you decided to write!

  11. Inigo Montoya March 4, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    Thank you for reminding me what writing is for, this is a wonderful piece.

  12. pieceofpie March 4, 2010 at 7:09 pm #

    amazing our desire to breathe and live once have written so well that reflection and a beautiful picture

  13. Tumblewords March 5, 2010 at 12:19 am #

    Powerful poem. It sings with inspiration and tenderness.

  14. TIm Remp March 5, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    Wonderful touching piece ! Great usage of the three words and the picture 🙂

    My 3ww:

  15. Denise Golinowski March 5, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    This was a wonderful way to start my day. I’ve never heard of Three Word Wednesday, but I’ll have to see if I can find it. Your piece was marvelously thought out and thought provoking. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Rhea March 5, 2010 at 10:57 pm #

    Beautiful. This is my first visit to your site.

  17. Nara Malone March 7, 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    Thanks everyone for stopping by to comment. This was my 100th blog post and I couldn’t think of a better subject than that cute little guy in the picture. He’s a sweetheart.

    Welcome to my corner of the net Rhea and Denise. Thanks for taking time to share your thoughts.

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