by Wynne Morrison, M.D., MBE

Dr Morrison is the director of the Justin Michael Ingerman Center for Palliative Care.
She is also the Associate Chief for Faculty Affairs in the Division of Critical Care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Originally Published in Journal of Palliative Medicine

Back to Poetry

Tell him 

you couldn’t know

didn’t plan it

weren’t the one

twisting strands

of chromosomes


them into pieces 

pieces of DNA

pieces of him

pieces of your lives

Tell him you fought

Tell him you shouted

Tell him you raged

Tell him you 

held him when 

there was nothing 

more you could do

Tell him

the clean blue

clean blue blanket

will keep him safe

carry his smell

Tell him 

life passes

as water sweeps 

up rounded 

stones along 

the way

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