R Train, 77th Street to 36th Street, D train…, December 30th, 2014
Another instant urge upon walking into the train car. I had to ask him. He was jolly and comfortable, and I was drawn to him and his family. I exited with them well before my station, and followed them onto the D. He stunned me with what he had to say, and in limerick form! His Email that followed my thank you note says it all. It is personal and very sad, but also uplifting. I asked his permission to share it with you. So many of us have experienced a brutal loss, and come through to the other side. That is the essence of the New Year. And so, wishing you a joyous New Year and poems from the heart!!! Here is David’s letter and poem. David thank you for sharing it. Greetings to your lovely family. Read the below poem first:
It was a total pleasure meeting you today and thank you for asking me to write that poem. Thank you for being so sweet. For months I have struggled a bit with how to express my feelings on losing one of the twin babies. Her name was Hope and she lived just an hour. Her surviving twin Claire whom you saw in the subway was in the NICU for 110 days and came home on October 28. I got to hold her for the first time Christmas night when we arrived. I can’t begin to tell you what that meant to me. While our last trip was terribly difficult when they were born at 24 weeks and 4 days of gestation, Claire weighed only 1 pound and 7 ounces (Hope weighed 1 pound and 3 ounces), and we were on pins and needles as to whether Claire would even survive. This trip has been a joy beyond expression, and I think you helped me verbalize some of my tender feelings. I think that was a tender mercy for me.
Back in NY for a visit,
The joy that i feel is exquisite,
With the loss of one baby,
I thought that just maybe
This time I could heal in a minute