Trapped by powers
no longer in concert
with the storm
that is life-force
This babe deserves
reprieve; already
a husk is all that remains
of her tiny body
kept breathing
by a machine bolted
to the earth,
When her
soul weeps from
every corner of heaven

All of those in attendance
rail at the injustice
of parents
such as these
seemingly unshaken
by what their brutality
has brought,
They remain
stolid in their resolve
to keep the babe
in purgatory,
not permitting her
to climb out, nor
even to become ash.

Until the courts
deemed it otherwise
Then, they are
less than damp
bundles by
the curb
finally, the
trash they have
proved themselves to be …

And she is soaring.

Background for this poem for those interested:
This is based on a true case that’s been in the news here recently. In May, twin girls were apprehended from their parents when it was discovered that the two year girls weighed 16 and 13 pounds respectively and were in cardiac arrest. In effect, they are thought to have been starving and beating the girls. One was in a coma that she never came out of. It was just this week that the courts ruled on the removal of the breathing apparatus which is why the case is fresh again.

Their older brother was healthy but was also removed from their care as they were placed under arrest and charged with aggravated assault, criminal negligence causing bodily harm and denying the necessities of life. There is some talk that the parents didn’t want their daughter removed from life support because if she died, there would be a homicide charge added to their other charges. All of these charges are as yet “alleged” but as one might expect, feelings are running pretty high here.

It doesn’t help that the parents are Muslim and that they tried to use their religious and cultural beliefs as a reason for keeping their daughter on life support. Even though, by law in Canada, they cannot be identified, to protect the identity of the children (an odd law and practically useless in this case as there are a number of identifying points) the Islamic community came out against them rather pointedly saying there was nothing in the religion prohibiting this action etc.

Just to clarify, the second twin did survive and is apparently doing well in foster care. It hasn’t been confirmed whether she is with her brother or not … I can’t help but think both of them will need extensive therapy at some point … sad case all around.

17 thoughts on “RELEASING AN ANGEL

  1. Thank you to all who have come here and expressed their feelings about this case and my poem. It does my heart and soul good to hear the outrage that fills others as it does me when such injustice is perpetrated on those of such vulnerability … As I keep saying, this baby has found a place inside me and I don’t expect her to go away any time soon, if ever … again, I appreciate all who came, read, understood and commented.

  2. Having read of this case I recognised the story your poem related. Whatever injustice caused by the parents – your poem brings justice to the tiny girls. Thank you.

    Anna :o]

  3. I recognized the news story in your poem immediately. You captured the angst and anger of this so well without becoming maudlin. You just skilfully brought the story home and shared it like it is. So well done. Must have been a hard piece to write. Good job.

  4. An incredible story, Sharon. Thanks for giving it light. Your poem expresses the tumult quite extraordinarily. Your work thrills me.

  5. Watching and reading the news often saddens me….I try not to think of people who do others great harm as being very sick, suffering from mental illness…sometimes even that doesn’t help….

  6. I too am glad this angel could be at peace finally. I sometimes wonder about other cases where people keep hopelessly damaged infants alive with extreme measures. It is certainly not something one can make sweeping judgements about. Thoughtful poem. .

  7. I have seen, unfortunately in a variety of religious beliefs that no modern medical care is needed because everything is the will of ‘Their Creator’. I cannot imagine anyone not wanting the best for young life. But as stated by both Brenda W and Daydreamertoo – their are many stories of not just simple neglect but of purposeful abuse. I can only hope that the survivors can actually cope with living (and hopefully in loving environments they can).

    I stuck with adding to my story verse.

  8. Thank you, Sharon, for giving voice to the voiceless. This is a fascinating story. A young mother in our community just shook her baby to death last week. It lingered brain dead, for a few days before dying. There is such sadness in our world.

  9. It’s been on our news here too. I am so pleased that at last the tiny precious soul can find her peace. There is no justice for those children but there has to be for the other. It has always amazed me that (nothing to do with religion) people like this are able to create life and others who would truly love and cherish these children, can’t. It just doesn’t seem right or fair. But, I am so glad the baby’s soul can be at peace and join her sister now.

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