Hear the unborn speak
Dear Mammy will you keep me safe?
Please Mammy keep me warm.
I’m growing here beneath your heart;
Protect me from the storm.
I hear your heart. Do you hear mine?
My birthday gift will be
Two bright-blue eyes that shine with joy
On worlds I long to see.
I’m looking forward now to life –
Sea-shells, and ships with sails;
I’ll feel the sun, I’ll count the stars,
You’ll tell me fairy tales.
Already I’ve got arms and legs.
Look close! You’ll see my nose.
And on the things that you call legs
Are things I’ll call my toes.
Dear Mammy you’re not listening!
Please! Can’t you hear? It’s me!
And Mammy you’re not smiling now
What can this ‘CLINIC’ be?
They’ve given you a bed with wheels –
Those people dressed in green.
Don’t let them hurt you Mammy dear.
Just let them try – I’ll scream!
Dear Mammy, what is happening?
I’m paralysed with fear.
Quick! Rise and run – I’m just begun –
Please save us Mammy dear.
They’re killing me dear Mammy.
They’ve pulled my limbs apart,
Dismembering my arms and legs.
They’ve stilled my beating heart.
And though I’ll never see the sky
With eyes of shining blue,
I know that you’d have loved me dear –
And I’d have loved you too.