Breath of Life

a bundle
of ribbons and bows
floats in a
safety net
until illumination
ten fingers, ten toes

yet, too young to leave
infant eyes
rosebud lips
will miss her loving presence
wheel of life rotates

Lauren Scott Β© 2017
Revised from 1991

18 thoughts on “Breath of Life

    1. Thanks so much, Betty! This was written in 1991 when we lost my husband’s mom the same year our daughter was born. It was bittersweet. To this day, we’re still saddened they never met and that Diane never met our son either. This poem was also originally written in free verse, but I revised it into a shadorma. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked these, and have a lovely day! πŸ’•

  1. As a seventy-year-old with my youngest grandchildren just 4-years-old and 7-months-old, I have pondered this wheel of life and wonder if they will remember me. Beautiful poem, dear Lauren. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Michelle, and I’d like to think they’ll remember you. I’m not sure how much children or even babies can remember though, but I’m sure you have many photos, too. We wish my mother-in-law had the chance to meet our daughter, but they were like two ships that passed in the night back in 1991. Even after all these years, a tear comes when we think of how much joy they all missed. I know you’re also a loving grandma, so enjoy those precious little beings, and thanks again for your kind words. Hugs, my friend…πŸ’“

    1. You’re right, Ian; that’s simply how life works, and it is definitely beautiful watching those beginnings in each child born. But, we still miss the fact that Diane and our children never had the chance to meet. It would’ve been a loving grandma/grandchildren relationship. However, since our daughter was born the year Diane passed away, our daughter’s middle name is Diane, and she loves having that part of her grandma in her name. Back then, my husband said, “even though I lost my mom, I gained a daughter.” He was one new daddy who was elated to find out we had a baby girl…

    1. Thanks, Scott! Well, I hadn’t heard of this, but learned from Ben at He encouraged me to take Eliot’s challenge. I’m still learning though, but this format is kind of fun. You should give it a try – the format is 3/5/3/3/7/5 syllables in each line. πŸ™‚

  2. So beautiful and sad at the same time. That must have been a very hard time for you and your husband – all that joy about your newborn child mixed with grief. I’ve always been sad not to have met my maternal grandad, especially because I’ve heard so many stories about him. But in a way thanks to those memories and stories it feels at least a bit as if I had known him in a way – hope that makes sense? πŸ˜šπŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

    1. You said it perfectly, Sarah, a year of mixed emotions. Our daughter’s name is Stephanie Diane, in honor of Grandma Diane, and even though they never met, this was something special we could do, the least we could do. You’re right, the memories bring our loved ones to life as we continue to hold them dear within our hearts. What you said made perfect sense. πŸ™‚ Have a peaceful Sunday, and I hope your mom is doing better, too. Hugs and love πŸ’“πŸ’—β€

      1. I love the tradition of naming one’s children after their grandparents and your daughter has a beautiful name and I’m sure her grandmother can’t help but smile wherever she might be. Memories are so important and often the only thing we have. Wish you a wonderful day full of love and peace, Lauren! Hugs and love! πŸ˜„πŸ’•πŸ’—

      2. Thanks again, Sarah, for your lovely words. Yesterday for Thanksgiving, we toasted to all of our loved ones who aren’t with us…love and hugs to you, too! xoxo

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