Ballad of the Unborn

Ballad of the Unborn
by Fay Clayton

My shining feet will never run
On early morning lawn;
My feet were crushed before they had
A chance to greet the dawn.
My fingers now will never stretch
To touch the winning tape;
My race was done before I learned
The smallest steps to take.
My growing height will never be recorded on the wall;
My growth was stopped when I was still,
Unseen, and very small.
My lips and tongue will never taste
The good fruits of the earth;
For I myself was judged to be
A fruit of little worth.
My eyes will never scan the sky
For my high-flying kite;
For when still blind, destroyed were they
In the black womb of night.
I’ll never stand upon a hill
Spring’s winds in my hair,
Aborted winds of thought closed in
On motherhood’s despair.
I’ll never walk the shores of life
Or know the tides of time;
For I was coming but unloved,
And that my only crime.
Nameless am I, a grain of sand
One of the countless dead,
But the deed that made me ashen grey
Floats on seas of red.

2 thoughts on “Ballad of the Unborn

  1. Beautifully stated – horribly true.
    I told a coworker one time, “It’s NOT your body. If it were, you’d be the one who ended up dead.”
    Her response: “The Supreme Court has already ruled a fetus isn’t viable, so that makes it not human. Any questions?”
    My reply – “Yeah – Is this the same court that said Negroes were 3/5 of a man, and that ‘Separate but Equal’ was legal?”
    Her: “It’s been decided. Besides – as a man, you have no argument.”
    Me: “I guess not – because as a woman, you’re just rib tissue.”
    We weren’t friends anymore after that.

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    1. Oh, fantastic reply. Doesn’t sound like a friend you’d want or need in your life. We used to have a friend who knew an adamant abortion-minded guy at work. Well, when they ‘allowed’ a baby to live and become their child, our friend only referred to the baby as a fetus! Whenever he asked after the pregnancy, he would say, “So, how are going with the fetus? When is the fetus going to mature and be born? Truly, how could the guy take offense over something he had been advocating . . . until HE wanted a ‘fetus’ of his own?


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