I Would Give To You

Sitting in the hospital

With your temperature peaking

And not going down

Your little tiny being

Laying so still but shivering and fighting whatever is wrong

Moaning in-between screams

Otherwise silent

Laying with just a nappy on so small

So fragile

I would give my life to make you better

I would give me soul and heart away

To anyone who asked

Just to be certain that you were ok

I have given you everything I have

I have done everything I thought was right

I have not slept and wont for the rest of the night

I will sit and stay awake

Just watching you and praying

And willing anything to be taken from me

To make you better.

You think you are a giving person

But then a child comes into the equation

And they become poorly

And you would give everything you have

Your skills, experience, your home, your last penny

Your last breath

For them to be better

This post was written Josie’s Writing Workshop. The theme was GIVING, helping to promote and raise awareness for ActionAid‘s latest campaign

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Billy Gotta-Job
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 11:55:48

    Beautiful! And I remember when my son had suspected meningitis, and I had to hold him curled up whilst the doctors took a lumbar puncture, how almost the exact same thoughts went through my mind. That was 16 years ago, but it feels like yesterday after reading your post!


  2. Kate
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 18:44:19

    That’s beautiful, Kerry. Bittersweet in a way, but beautiful nonetheless.


  3. CaroleHolland
    Jan 15, 2011 @ 21:03:33

    Haunting but beautiful and oh so true. Well done you!! xx


  4. libertyfallsdown
    Jan 16, 2011 @ 09:39:22

    I’m not a parent but that feeling of helplessness is something I can relate to. There’s nothing worse than not being able to give the one thing someone really needs. A really interesting and thought-provoking angle to explore!


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