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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: birthday (05/23/05)

TITLE: Kendall Renee Bauers
By Deborah Bauers


Kendall Renee Bauers

Kendall Renee Bauers had an infant's tiny form with ten fingers and ten toes.
She had two perfect little ears and her mommy's turned up nose.
A miniature body so perfectly shaped, right down to her dainty feet.
How could she not deserve a birthday for her family to celebrate?

My little granddaughter never lived and she never really died.
She never even drew one breath, never uttered a birthing cry.
Like a miniature so lifelike, blanketed, delicate, and small,
Such tiny little hands and feet, on a lifeless little doll.

S T I L L B O R NI hate that word, I hate what it doesn't say.
That my precious little granddaughter doesn't get a real birthday.
No birth certificate to say she "came" and nothing to mark her leaving.
It makes it that much harder to give substance to the grieving.

I have a son who knows he's a dad; but no baby fills his arms.
He'll never rock his little girl or be wiled by her feminine charms.
A locket of ashes is all that he has to remember his daughter by.
In a still small form, her body born, but her spirit caught up in the sky.

I want there to be a headstone, I want the words to say,
"Kendall Renee Bauers was really born and sadly, died today."
She was a precious little person, she was my son's little girl.
And from the moment he looked into her face, she forever changed his world.

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Karen Deikun05/30/05
Heartbreakingly beautiful poem. I'm so sorry about the loss of your grandchild.
Joanne Malley05/30/05
Beautiful; touching. My heart cried with you.
Helga Doermer05/30/05
You beautifully voiced a grief that few people acknowledge. A lovely commeration of a life lost before it was ever lived.
darlene hight05/31/05
Oh just think about the birthday party that you will have with her someday! She gave birth to love the moment that she was conceived.I weep with you today but one day I want to rejoice with you as well.Thanks for sharing her story.
Judy Anderson06/01/05
Beautiful words of remembrance for this beautiful child now safely in the arms of Jesus. May God bless you and your family.
Cheryl Thompson06/01/05
This reminds me of my twin neices who would have been two years old this Dec 27th. Twin to Twin transfusion took ther lives 3 months before their due date, but Jesus welcomed them home, where we will get the chance to know these precious little girls.
I understand. God bless you.
dub W06/04/05
Very touching, any parent has been through this can appreciate these verses.
Nancy Hardy06/06/05
What truth you have spoken, and spoken with such raw emotion. Your words embedded deep in my heart and I have, now, a new appreciation and better understanding for the enomous pain of loss. Readers will think on this well after the computer has been turned off! Thank you for sharing this!
Deborah Porter 06/06/05
Deborah, this was passionately beautiful. Even though the title really gave away the author, it didn't matter in this case. It had to be.

I just wanted to let you know that your very special entry made it into the semi-finals for the Bithday Challenge. It was a huge week of entries - somewhere around 122 across all levels - so to make it into the semi-finals deserves a pat on the back! Well done. With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
Michelle Burkhardt06/11/05
My heart broke. May God fill your family with peace. "Kendall" a very beautiful name.