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Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

About this Christian Poet:
I am a professor of English at Westmont College, have published a volume of my own poems with Eerdmans (In Quiet Light, 2000), edited a collection of contemporary poetry (Where Icarus Falls, 1998), and have a second collection of poems on Rembrandt's biblical paintings forthcoming from Eerdmans in 2003. This poem was written after a couple dear to me had suffered a traumatic pregnancy and stillbirth.

Still Birth

The Spirit blows where it will.
Life moves among molecules, touching
the baby waiting to be still
born with the same love it lavishes
on the ancient priest whose life
has been sacrifice and celebration.

The Spirit breathes in all flesh.
Love is not long or short.
Every heartbeat adds a note
to a song only God can hear;
when one heart stops, another
takes the melody. We sing
even in our sorrow.

Copyright©1998 by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre