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You Never Came To Greet Me

Thank you for offering this website. I was very pleased to see it. I would like to
submit a poem that I wrote for my daughter who was stillborn after 9 1/2 months of
pregnancy. I would also like to submit my email address to receive mail from others. My e-mail address is zenehesl@mars.utm.edu Thanks again.

Zelinka Heslop


Though you never came to greet me, you were here just the same.
The joyful kicks that startled me at times. Your constant moving
around. No one shared what we shared. We were connected and bond
even for just a short while. You never came to greet me but you
were here for a little while.

You woke me up early mornings and kept me awake late at night.
They still say you were never with us but though you never
came to greet me, you were here for a little while.

Soon you answered to my touch, you seemed soothed by the "Hush
Little Baby" lullaby song. On a night trip while everyone was
fast asleep we played as you let me tickle your little feet and
though you never came to greet me, you were here for a little while.

Your bouts of play, your hiccups, your waking hours. I was there to
share all this with you and though you never came to greet me, I knew
you and you were here for just a little while.

Through great technologies that God gave man the knowledge, I saw
you though not clearly. You stuck your tongue out at us a few times.
I saw your brain, your arms, your legs, your body, your heart beating
ever so quickly. They still say you were never here but oh, you were.
You never came to greet me, but were still here even for just a little while.

The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. You must have been so great He
decided to keep you to Himself. I miss you and I would have gone through
anything just to meet you face to face, eye to eye, hear your cries but
I was glad to know you just for a little while. Though I'll never get to
hear your cries, see your first smile, hear your first words, see you crawl
or walk. You never came to greet me but you were here for just a little while.

You are so pretty, beautiful brown skin, smooth black hair, pretty eyes, the
cutest nose and mouth. I saw you but you never saw me, you didn't come to
greet me but I was with you through it all and though you never came to greet
me, I want the world to know: You were here even for just a little while.

I will miss you and love you, my child. Thanks for letting me be with you even
for just a little while.

In Loving Memory of Devyn Elena Heslop-Holman July 12, 1995

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