If you know someone who has lost a child, have them consider this:

 

After the tender

white magnolia flower

bursts on the scene

and fulfills the

predestined plan

of a short and beautiful

life

the time comes

for it to return

from whence it came.

After the tender

newborn child

bursts on the scene

and fulfills the

predestined plan

of a short and beautiful

life

the times comes

for it to return

from whence it came.

The magnolia flower

no longer

supports itself

and submits

to gravity.

The child

no longer

supports itself

and submits

to gravity.

The skin

of the magnolia flower

tightens

and contracts

shrinking

around

its core.

The skin

of the child

tightens

and contracts

shrinking

around

its core.

And the body

of the magnolia flower

becomes

hard and stiff

and lies in the earth

before

erupting

in new life

later

and we say

look, again it is beautiful.

And the body

of the child

becomes

hard and stiff

and lies in the earth.

Would

you

not

expect

that

it will

erupt

in new life

later

and we will say

look, again it is beautiful?

magnolia-in-bloom

 

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