which heartbeat

let the world know
that Rosa is dead

this child holding
in her body a life
10 weeks in the forming
both doomed
at her diagnosis

the right to life
is inviolable

16 years/13 weeks

which pulse,
whose movement
do you choose
to extend

from the moment of conception 

I would choose
for Rosa’s mother
a gift of days,
maybe just hours
but life spent
counting down the minutes
breathing together, and loved

and until death

they both die
whose heartbeat
mattered more

13 weeks/16 years

Rosa is dead
let the world know

I am a mother
& a poet

I do not make laws
or decide

I have only questions
& this anger

they died minutes from each other
let the world know

they are both dead

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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19 Responses to which heartbeat

  1. Susie, this was the most profound poem. Thank you.

  2. nelle says:

    You say it so well and succinctly.

  3. Rhonda says:

    You have a link to this story Susan? This breaks my heart

  4. boomiebol says:

    Powerful. Going to check out the story

    • Thanks, Boomie. Sad all the way around.

      • boomiebol says:

        Just read it…shame on the government over there…hypocrites many of these fools are.

        How does providing necessary care for a patient become a minor issue to some self righteous law…shame on them

        • Yes, I agree. The story is heartbreaking. Chemotherapy in her case would have extended her life, perhaps just a little. Time for Rosa and her mother. Some closure. I am sickened and saddened by this sacrifice of humanity to an idea.

  5. doncarroll says:

    very powerful !!:)

  6. Ian Moone says:

    I agree very powerful and sad

  7. A sad, needless and senseless death. My heart goes out to Rosa. It reminds me of the Jehovah Witnesses who are against blood transfusion. A promisning student in the institution where I work died because her family were against blood transfusion. A powerful poem, Susan

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