I cannot type
another sprig
until I pen
of you my fig
la vie it was
and loss of it
and so I press
your tiny print
into the page
and speak, my plum
your pace of pulse
it’s quicker drum
the dreamed up smell
into your hair
a grin and chin
of pre world-ware
of traits unknown
new love, my lime
already sown
and though the ache
has met defeat
I won’t forget
your budding beat
now in His hand
your form can bloom
and I let go
of losing you


The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there. 1 Samuel 1:27-28

image: Fig tree by Ryu Itadani

8 thoughts on “fig

  1. Emily….no words for your words dear sister. They are of the most precious heart and deepest emotion, each word carefully laid.

    The Bible verses so perfect.

  2. It takes a moment to grasp – till we read on. Your fig, your plum, your lime, your sorrow, your relinquishment – so perfectly and beautifully given. I was a puddle of tears.

  3. I have not experienced thisin my life, Em. Maybe God knew I couldn’t handle it well. You, like your mom, have such a gift. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  4. Beautifullly expressed words full of emotion, love and pain. My oldest granddaughter delivered a stillborn baby boy about 2 years ago. A piece of her heart was lost with the loss of that angel baby. She now has a healthy six month old…God is good! Sending you much love dearest Emily!

  5. Emily, your gift was given and so quickly taken away. I cannot relate to this sorrow but I am sure it runs deep. Use your brokenness to bless those present in your life. God is good. You life is full and many more gifts will pour forth. Thank you for sharing your poetry.

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