Poetry about loss

This page is for poetry that I've come across, or written myself, that deal with baby loss.

They Say There is a Reason

(Author Unknown)

They say there is a reason,
They say that time will heal,
But neither time nor reason,
Will change the way I feel,
For no-one knows the heartache,
That lies behind our smiles,
No-one knows how many times,
We have broken down and cried,
We want to tell you something,
So there won't be any doubt,
You're so wonderful to think of,
But so hard to be without.

(Author Unknown)
We couldn't wait to hold you
And see your pretty face.
To count your little fingers,
And check your toes are in their place.

It should have been the happiest day
To remember all our life.
But joy had turned to heartache,
No breath, no beat, no life.

We will never see you smile,
Or hear your hearty cry.
We will never be able to dry your tears,
Or share your happy times.

Our precious little Angel,
We will always know your face.
In our hearts and stars forever,
You will always have a place.

How quietly
(Author Unknown)

How quietly he
tiptoed into our world.
Softly, only a moment
he stayed
but what an imprint
his footprints have left
upon our hearts.

A million times

(Author Unknown)

A million times I've missed you, a million times I've cried.
If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.
To some you are forgotten, to others just part of the past;
but to me who loved and lost you, your love will always last.
It broke my heart to lose you, you didn't go alone,
for my life went with you -sweetheart- the day angels called you home.
For things on earth didn't matter, but now I feel so alone,
My heart will always be broken, my life will never be whole.
We might be parted for awhile, our hearts will always be together
for one day soon we will hold hands again forever.

Forget me not
(Author Unknown)
Forget me not
My little one
You have left us too soon
Though my body can no longer hold you
I hold you forever in my heart
As precious and beautiful as this flower caught in time
A mother's love does not forget.

The Beautiful Things
(Author Unknown)

Why did you have to go away and leave your mummy so sad and blue?
I'm right here mummy, with you always, I thought you already knew.
How come I can't see you or hold you close to me?
You do see me mummy, you just have to open your eyes and there I'll be.
I'm the sunrise in the morning and the sunset at night.
I'm that star you see in the sky shinning o' so bright.
I'm that flower in your yard that bloomed the other day.
I'm the beautiful butterfly you stopped and watch play.
I'm that soft whisper you hear when no one's around.
I'm the warmth that heals your heart just when you begin to frown.
I'm the colourful rainbow you sometimes see right after a storm.
I'm always near you mummy, I just take many different forms.
I'm in each smile you make and kiss you give away.
I'm a part of you mummy, in every thought and word you say.
I see the tears you cry for me and hear you pray.
I wipe them away with my kisses and help you make it through the day.
We will forever be together this I know for sure.
God sent me to be with you in all that you will endure.
Mummy I wish you could see my magical set of wings.
Exquisite soft white feathers made from all of God's loving things.
I wrap them around you bringing comfort and healing.
As I engulf you, let go all the pain your heart is feeling.
We meet in your dreams holding hand in hand.
We walk down beaches dragging our feet in the sand.
You also have some friends up here that love you so.
They watch over you where ever you may go.
So when you’re feeling sad and blue and think I'm not right here.
Just look around at all the beautiful things and know I am near.

Missing my baby
(by Josie Teather-Lovejoy)

Missing my baby, So so much
Missing his smell, missing his touch
The pain's still sharp, The pain's still raw, Each day I miss a little more
I've missed him smile, I've missed him laugh, I've missed him splash in the bath.
I've missed him sit, I've missed him stand, I've missed him walk while hold my hand.
I'll never hear him say my name, I'll never watch him off to play.
I miss you darling every day and will do till my dying day.

I Am A Mother
(Author unknown)

I’ve loved my children right from the start
A feeling that’s filled my entire heart
I went through the labour and suffered the pain
For many long hours with nothing to gain

I’ve spent sleepless nights being awake
Though it’s my heart not my arms that ache
I’ve sat and I’ve wondered of how they would grow
The love of my family that they'd come to know

The sound of their voices as they learn to talk
Watching their steps as they try to walk
I have children that I really love so
I am their mother yet nobody knows

I spent all those months feeling them grow
I’ve lived through it all and have nothing to show
I don’t get invited to chat with young mothers
Because I don’t have a baby like all of the others

I’ve got some stretch marks that I’d like to hide
But I don’t have a pram with a baby inside
The people I’ve known for so many years
They now avoid me, which adds to my tears

I don’t know how long I’ll be feeling like this
But one thing I know my baby I miss
When Mothers Day comes it will be very hard
I won’t have any flowers – not even a card

And just because they're not here with me
I still have babies I wish I could see
But one thing I know and this is for sure
I’ll be their mother for evermore

I lost my child today
(Author unknown)

I lost my child today.
People came to weep and cry
As I just sat and stared, dry eyed.
They struggled to find words to say
To try and make the pain go away.
I walked the floor in disbelief. I lost my child today.
I lost my child last month.
Most of the people went away.
Some still call and some still stay.
I wait to wake up from this dream
This can't be real--I want to scream.
Yet everything is locked inside,
God, help me, I want to die. I lost my child last month.
I lost my child last year.
Now people, who had come, have gone.
I sit and struggle all day long,
to bear the pain so deep inside.
And now my friends just question, Why?
Why does this mother not move on?
Just sits and sings the same old song.
Good heavens, it has been so long. I lost my child last year.
Time has not moved on for me.
The numbness it has disappeared.
My eyes have now cried many tears.
I see the look upon your face,
" She must move on and leave this place."
Yet I am trapped right here in time.
The songs the same, as is the rhyme,
I lost my child......Today.

Still with you
(Author unknown)

I am gone, not by your side, or so I've heard you say
but I am with you more than you know, each and every day
I am there each morning, as you rise to the morning you dread,
I am nestled up beside you each niht when you go to bed
I watch while you are sleeping or lying there awake,
I'm with you when you ask 'How much more can I take?'
I watch with love each time I see you wipe the tears away
I will always be here for the one who thinks of me each day
I see you smile seldon, which is just a way to hide,
know the deep exhausting pain that you feel inside.
I watch you gather all my things to keep the memories alive,
I also know it's the only thing that helps you to survive.
I wish you knew that I was there and I know the pain you feel
I know you have a broken heart that time will never heal.
Just know that I am with you... We really aren't apart
I'm in every breath you take... Nestled in your heart

In the Still
(Original - please credit me as the author if you want to post this elsewhere)

In the still of the night,
A baby cries.
In the still of the night,
A baby fusses.
In the still of my room,
I ache for my baby.
In the still of my baby's heart,
No life. No hurt. No upset. No heartbreak.
Born Still.

All those months       
(by Margaret Cordukes)
Your little heart beating so strongly
All those months
Is silent.                        
Your arms and legs
Moving so vigorously
Are still.
Milk falling like tears from your Mother’s breasts
Will never nourish you
Your little eyes will never sparkle
Your little voice forever silent.
Your mother holds you in her arms
Timidly kisses your soft cheek
Caresses your tiny fingers
And whispers your name with tears
She dreams of holding you
Of watching you smile and grow
Her love is always with you
Although you will never know.

A Poem for Baby Isaac
by katiegirl 

Gently, gently silent earth,
Cover o'er my little love.
Cradle him with tender touch,
My blessing from above.

Softly, softly wilful wind,
Whisper in the trees.
My little boy lies sleeping,
Beneath their falling leaves.

Slowly, slowly setting sun,
Spread forth thy radiant red.
Over the grave where innocence,
Now rests his tiny head.

Twinkle, twinkle little stars,
Above the world so high.
Look down on my little one
And guard him from the night.

Further, further little wings,
Take his spirit carefully.
The memories of an angel are
Forever here with me.


  1. What beautiful poems. I can't stop crying.

    Only a few days ago, I did a post on the baby boy I lost, and the poem I wrote for him. You are welcome to use it, if you would like.


  2. I found this one again today ...

    A Different Child
    poem by Pandora MacMillian

    (I couldn't cut and paste it)

  3. Thank you SO much for sharing these poems! It's so hard to find the words, but poetry somehow does the experience some justice with its beauty.

  4. i absolutly love these.. my name is jennifer, id love to connect with you, i make loss boxes for the hospitals in memory of my daughter and was hoping i could print tese off for a mini laminated book.. shall give you partial credit if thats ok.. please email me neecys_wings_awareness@live.com or search me on facebook www.facebook.com/neecysmommy .. so sorry to hear about your loss, but we learn to still get thru everyday one day at a time.. cant wait to hear from you !!!

  5. Whoever wrote that poem the beautiful things thank u I love it I come back and read it to remind me my baby will always be with me it only been 2 and half weeks since I lost my son he was a premature baby who was born at 25 wks

    1. I'm so sorry to hear that. Go gently Mama <3 and fly free baby boy, to watch over your mummy from the rainbows and stars.


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