Rainbow Child

in poetry •  8 months ago

"Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.” (Genesis 9:16 & 17, NIV)

A child born after a loss due to miscarriage or stillbirth is called a "rainbow baby", because they are born in the wake of a horrendous storm. Just like when God brought the rainbow to Noah after the flood. Evelyn Rose is mine and @bigdre45's rainbow baby. The older she grows, the truer these words below become.

Rainbow Child

The child we’ve waited for is you, my love.
Born unto us out of our grief and pain.
You are the rainbow that outshone the flood.
A priceless gift we never could afford.
Your smile brings joy where once there was no life.
With deep brown eyes so rich and so serene.
You laugh and it is like an angel’s song.
A precious life worth far more than our own.
But now we ask the thoughts that burn within:
Do we deserve this gift beyond compare?
Can we protect this life that we have made?
How can we give you all that you desire?
When will we know it’s time to let you free?
What would we do if you were just a dream?

Image was taken by our dear friend, Donna Daigle, just moments after Evie was born. Photomanipulation was done by me.
Page divider made by @kristyglas
Special thanks to @damianjayclay at TWB for his help with the poem structure






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Fantastic sonnet this. Hard to believe this was your first attempt at one. Kudos!

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Thank you again for your help :)

Ow, this is more than beautiful.
Those questions at the end, allowing for the pause and then dive right into the next one, it's very profound.

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Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it :)

Oh, now you’ve made me cry (at work)! This is so beautiful. May your beautiful little one continue to bring you much joy and healing, always.

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Awwww, I’m sorry! I didn’t mean to make you cry!!

Such a beautiful poem! I'd never heard the term 'rainbow child' before, but I like it. C:

So sad, I have no words. This is also beautiful. I love children, though I have none of my own.

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Thank you very much!

I absolutely love that you shared this. I know sharing personal things such as miscarriages and the rainbow babies after are often not talked about as much as they should be. Beautiful poem and beautiful child. I have suffered from a couple myself and also found it was very liberating to share. Good job, this is so beautifully done.

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Thank you so much! I am sorry that you’ve also been through this. It is a pain I wouldn’t wish on any person. At the time I didn’t know how to creatively express my pain (but for a lullaby I wrote that I hope to share one day once it’s put to a melody). Now that I’m writing again there may be a few more of these, haha.

This is so beautiful! It made me tear up immediately! God bless you and your sweet rainbow baby :) (who is now not a baby anymore but a sweet rainbow toddler hehehe)

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Thank you so much ❤️ We are so grateful for her.

@therosepatch this post was presented at the morning session of Pimp Your Post Thursday on the Steemit Ramble Discord. It was one of five choosen for the video report on the session. Just stopping back to let you know that you can see your name in lights right here. (Just kidding about the lights :)

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Thank you so much, @shadowspub!!