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To My Unborn Son

I wrote this poem many years ago about the abortion of my son in 1980. I sometimes forget the guilt and shame and pain but it is always there and I'm not sure I will ever get over it. I'm not sure I ever should. I know the Lord has forgiven me and I know my son is with Him, as are all aborted children... - W.F. Rhoads


To My Unborn Son

Old memories
rise slowly to the surface,
silently oozing from their
dark, secret hiding spots,
forgotten thoughts
too painful to remember
come racing back,
along with the realization
of just what was done
on that lonely day
so long ago;

choices made
in the blink of an eye,
decisions decided
that will last a lifetime.

Looking at our daughter,
I think,
he could have been like her,
proud and unafraid,
a warrior facing life
confident and strong,
or he could have been
just another child,
ordinary and plain,
either way,
he would have been
a brother,
he would have been
a son,
but most of all
he would have been
loved,

if only he’d been
given a chance.

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