Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Poems, Prayers, & Quotes For NICU Parents

A Few Inspirational Poems, Scriptures, and Quotes for you today...

You were born with wings 
wrapped translucent 
around your naked skin 
waiting to unfurl- 
to fly away 
though we ached to have you stay. 

You were born with wings 
so we tethered you with tubes 
IV's and ventilators 
NG tubes and oxygen 
labwork and broviacs 
surgeries and suctioning 
and finally blood... 
so much blood. 

You were born with wings 
and we tried to tear them off 
watching in horror 
the times they opened wide- 
holding tiny hands 
as though we held your soul 
sitting at your side. 

You were born with wings 
but at last you grew strong 
and when your wings slipped off, 
they whispered to the ground 
in a pile of cloudy x-rays, 
and we found 
it wasn't lines that kept you, 

but the hand of God himself. 
                      -Elisabeth Snell

The Dirt Road
Cruising along an endless stretch of highway, pavement hard and smooth. 
People staring straight ahead, not taking their eyes off the road.
The lines whisk past as dots that hypnotise, so boring and routine. 
Without challenge, without change and such a waste of time. 
Then suddenly, without warning, a detour sign ahead. 
I turn the wheel, screech and skid, down a dirt road I know not where. 
Stones fly from under my tires as I struggle to gain control.

I must slow down and keep my head, try to stay on course.
Lost, frightened and all alone on some lonesome backwoods road. 
The bumps, ruts, twists and turns, will I ever make it through? 
I take a deep breath, cautiously, progress, for what's ahead I do not know. 
Yet as I go, I start to note the beauty along this road. 
Then here and there I begin to see some others travelling here too. 
They smile and nod with a knowing look, I no longer feel so alone.

There is a kinship here, an understanding too, that sets us apart from the rest. 
Our road has the same destination, just a slightly different route.
We've learned some lessons, gained some skills that could only be learned here. 
This road has taught us how rough life can be, but has made us much stronger indeed. 

Cynthia M. Bissell

Saint Theresa's Prayer
May today there be peace within 
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. 
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. 
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. 
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. 
It is there for each and every one of us. 

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