POEMS FOR THE LOSS OF A CHILD
The Master Gardener from Heaven above
Planted a seed in his garden of love.
From there it grew, a flower bud small
That never had time to open at all.
When you lose a parent, you lose your past.
When you lose a spouse, you lose your present…
But when you lose a child, you lose your future.
A wife who loses her husband is called a widow.
A husband who loses his wife is called a widower.
A child who loses their parents is called an orphan.
But there is no word for a parent who loses a child…
That’s how awful the loss is.
If tears could build a stairway
And memories make a lane,
We would walk right up to Heaven
To bring you home again.
No farewell words were spoken
No time to say Good-bye.
You were gone before we new it.
And only God knows why.
Our hearts, they ache in sadness
And secret tears still flow.
What it meant to lose you,
No one will ever know.
You are with the Angels
High in your heavenly home,
We would have held you closer,
If we had only known.
‘God came for you in silence;
So swift was your depart
He holds you now eternally,
We hold you in our heart’
Letter to Mum and Dad
Please do not feel guilty
It was just my time to go.
I know that you are feeling sad,
And the tears just seem to flow.
I don’t want you to keep crying
You are shedding so many tears.
We all come to earth for a lifetime,
But for some it’s not many years.
I haven’t really left you
Even though it may seem so.
I have just gone to my heavenly home,
And I’m closer than you know.
I know you long to see me,
But there’s nothing I can do.
Just believe me when I say this,
‘I’m right there next to you.’
I’ll send you little messages
So please try and understand,
For when your time is ready,
I’ll be there to take your hand.
God’s Littlest Angel
Mummy & Daddy don’t cry for me.
To walk the earth was not meant to be.
I’m with the angels and I watch you every day.
I know that you love me in a very special way.
I’m sorry our time was all too brief
In good time you’ll overcome grief.
You’ll see me every day
In the souls of children who pass your way.
I may be the cheeky boy
with the dimple in his chin
Or the girl with the little golden curl.
Please know that I’m alright
Cause when you look in the sky
on a clear & starry night,
I will be the star that is shining so bright.
I love you Mummy & Daddy, Good Night.
I’ll Lend You A Child
I’ll lend you for a little time,
A child of mine he said.
For you to love there as he lives,
And mourn when he is dead.
It may be six or seven years,
Or twenty two or three.
But will you, ’til I call him back,
Take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden you,
And shall his stay be brief.
You’ll have his lovely memories,
As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught down there,
I want this child to learn.
I’ve searched the wide world over,
In my search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes,
I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labor vain.
Nor hate me when I come to call,
To take him back again?
I fancied that I heard them say,
Dear Lord, thy will be done.
For all the joy thy child shall bring,
The risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness,
We’ll love him while we may.
And for the happiness we’ve known,
Will ever grateful stay.
But shall the angels call for him,
Much sooner than we planned.
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes,
…..And try to understand.
Edgar A Guest
Little child, you packed your toys,
You no longer wished to play.
Then all alone – all by yourself,
You gave your life away.
What were you thinking; what were your thoughts?
What was in your troubled mind?
Oh such confusion; no one knew,
Why so sad, dear child of mine?
You gave up before you started,
Why so eager to depart?
Honey, just around the corner,
Better things for you, sweetheart.
Could I have helped? You didn’t ask.
How could I have been so blind?
Such grown up sadness in my baby,
If only we’d had had more time.
Surely God was ready for you,
That is what I tell myself.
But, why couldn’t He have warned me,
In some way I might have helped.
For such a short time you were ours
We loved you more each day.
But, precious child, I’ll always wonder,
What made you put your toys away?
My silent child
our precious baby,
Close to my heart
I’ll keep you with me.
An important job
God has for you,
There is love to give,
and work to do.
He needs an angel
strong but small,
To shine light on many
and give love to all.
Before you go
I give you this,
half my heart
and one last kiss.
We’ll miss you dearly
that we know,
But by God you were
So to heaven, you must go.
God, I know you gave your precious Son
To give us life with You.
But we didn’t want our son to leave,
Cause he was precious too.
We all are special in your eyes
And all to you return.
We know our son will not come back,
And for this our hearts still yearn.
Our time on earth is for learning,
And when our lessons are through,
Our Lord will choose the time we leave,
And we come back to you.
Our precious son is with you,
And there will be a day,
That we too will leave this earth,
And you will light our way.
His arms will be wide open,
And the wait will be worthwhile,
When we see again our precious son,
And the splendour of his smile.
Child of My Heart
Not flesh of my flesh,
not bone of my bone,
yet still very much my own.
for one single minute
that you grew not under my heart,
but in it.
He Only Took My Hand
Last night while I was sleeping,
My son’s voice I did hear.
I opened my eyes and looked around
But he did not appear.
‘You’ve got to listen,
you’ve got to understand.
God did not take me from you,
He only took my hand.
When I called out in pain that night,
the instant that I died,
He reached down and took my hand
and pulled me to His side.
My lifelong search is over now;
I’ve found happiness within.
All the answers to my dreams
and all that might have been.
I love you so and miss you
And I’ll always be nearby.
My body’s gone forever
But my spirit never dies.
And so now you must go on,
Live one day at a time.
Please just understand –
God didn’t take me from you,
He only took my hand.’
Your fingerprints are on my heart.
Fingerprints that teach me about caring.
Fingerprints that teach me about love.
Fingerprints that teach me about courage.
Fingerprints that teach me about hope.
Fingerprints that bring me closer to my loved ones.
Fingerprints that bring me closer to myself.
In the time I cared for you my whole life changed –
never to be the same again
All this from tiny fingerprints that touch my heart.
You will live in my heart forever – never to be forgotten.
I will always love you.
You are my child.
Copyright Â© 2001 by Tom Krause
Lord, I wanted to hold my little one on
my lap and tell him about You.
But since I never had that chance,
will You please hold him on Your lap and
tell him about me?
Angel of Mine
Behold, my angel baby so gentle as can be.
I’d give the stars in Heaven to have her here with me.
To hear her child-like laughter and feel her sweet caress.
For although she is in Heaven, I do not love her less.
I love her just as strongly as when first blessed unto me;
When I held and kissed her fondly as she lay upon my knee.
Her time on Earth was short, it made me wonder why.
Darkened my waking moments and often made me cry.
I’ve learnt to realize that God always takes the best,
He brought her to His garden because she needed rest.
One day we’ll meet in Heaven; that’s how it’s meant to be.
There I’ll rock her gently as she rest upon my knee.
But for now my angel baby I’ll have to be content
To adore you whilst in Heaven, in this my sweet lament.
Copyright Louise’s Lodge 2004
Special Angel In Heaven
There’s a special Angel in Heaven
that is a part of me.
It is not where I wanted her
but where God wanted her to be.
She was here but just a moment
like a night time shooting star
And though she is in Heaven,
she isn’t very far.
She touched the hearts of many
like only Angels can.
I would’ve held her every minute
If I’d only known God’s plan.
So I send this special message
to the Heavens up above.
Please take care of my Angel
and send her all my love.