We’ve heard it said that loss of child divides;
That couples who have borne this grief together
Oft drift apart, forgetting how abides
A love made stronger in those who weather
Adversity, who strengthen one another
To rebuild hope despite enfeebling pain;
The only self they have is father, mother,
Bereft of child, by weeping driven insane:
Unbreakable bonds of husband and wife
Are shattered by the broken, death-wrenched bonds
Of parent to child, cut by child’s lost life.
I know these truths, but still my heart responds:
We are not they, my love. We’ve ridden tides
Of joy and loss, but still our love resides.