"A Poem for Henry", by Laura Barr
I carried you inside of me for nine hopeful months,
Gave you warmth, love and nourishment to grow,
Dreamt of your face and imagined your future.
You gave me joy and excitement with each kick, roll and beat of your heart.
I carried you in my arms for a few precious hours,
Stared at your beautiful face, so similar to your big brother's
Told you I loved you, cried with Daddy that we couldn’t take you home.
And although I won’t carry you through your infancy or sling you on my hip as a toddler,
I’ll carry you forever in my heart and in my soul,
And I’ll remember that you lived, that you’ve given me a great gift,
and that someday I will see you again.