25 weeks strong

This poem is about my daughter, who was born as the surviving twin at 25 weeks , weighing just 1lb 3 oz.  She was in the NICU of the Ottawa General Hospital for four months following her birth.  It was 2 weeks before I was allowed to hold her.  I watched her resuscitated twice from cardiac arrest.  She had bleeding on her brain and hole in her heart.  The blood on her brain, miraculously reabsorbed and her heart was mended through surgery at a year and a half of age.  She is now 8 years old, solid and healthy…. I don’t often provide context for my poetry, but in this case, I felt it necessary.

25 weeks 2

she, brutality’s wonder dawn-
emerging bird-sized and bruised 
in cesious hues-

sulking pond waters, baby still,
still, wisps of warrior breath
breach pin holes in dewy, crystal head

lightning’s spark, spikes
new life blood

universe’s latent mercy, surges
bold through veined contains
of garnet flood

© Anthony Gorman 2018

photo pixabay: geralt

photo pixabay: arutina



8 thoughts on “25 weeks strong

  1. She has traveled a journey that is a
    miraculous one indeed..a warrior against all odds ahe was a survivor.
    A divine purpose she has on earth
    To share with many.
    Some believe in miracles and in God
    And some do do not ….that’ts their
    .agaisnt all odds
    She overcame all odds
    With the right people by her side
    Miracles do happen
    I believe in them
    With God given talent guiding
    The way..
    All in God ‘ s care..
    Beautiful write.


  2. Every time I hear such story, my heart is filled with immense gratitude for the wonderful miracles we are given every single day. I was born as one of the twins at 25 weeks as well, in size of a Pepsi bottle😊Your daughter is your miracle and inspiration and she is blessed to have a dad like you.

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