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No Words To Describe How Precious

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No Words To Describe How Precious

A tree is a marvelous thing.
It provides us with oxygen, so we can breathe,
a shady spot with summers so sultry,
a grand adventure for a man soon to be.
When you climb it's branches you can see the city!
But at the end of the day
a tree is just a tree.
It has no heart and it has no soul.
It can never hope to be completely whole,
like you or me.

Birds are also a beautiful thing.
They will sing a chorus to greet the morning.
They cherish the day and everything it brings,
and when you see them flap their little wings
you know deep inside, that life is a beautiful thing.
But at the end of the day
a bird is just a bird
It can't make decisions like you and I.
It has no knowledge it will ever die,
so I'm here to spread the word

It's irrevocably absurd
to compare a child with anyone of these things;
a tree,
a bird,
a gust of of wind,
or a blade of grass.
A child is infinitely more precious
than all of that.

A child is you deep down,
whether or not you expected it's coming.
And I don't believe any parent really knows
what he or she is getting themselves into,
when they make room for a child coming through.

It may not be so black and white
when something like this falls into your lap.
It may not just be about food or money,
perhaps it's way more complicated than all of that.

But at the end of the day
life is life and death is death,
who are you decide who takes their final breath?
... especially when that child never even experienced
the sensation of breathing...



"Truly children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward" (Psalm 127:3).

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  1. Date: 5/16/2013 9:33:00 AM
    So sad, yet so true. A child's life is way more precious than anything. I loved the message and the way you delivered it, Timothy. The joy a child brings is one of the best experiences, and it's always tragic when they don't get the chance to have life.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 5/16/2013 12:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    For me people think of unborn babies as being so small that their life doesn't really matter. Yet we find microorganisms on Mars and people shout out "We have found LIFE!"... not even realizing it's staring you in the face... everyday. Thanks for your kind and insightful comments, as always.
  1. Date: 4/29/2013 1:18:00 PM
    Very moving and metaphoric descriptions make this a powerful political statement

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/29/2013 7:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you kindly Karen!
  1. Date: 4/28/2013 8:18:00 PM
    Beautiful, Timothy! God bless you for speaking up for the voiceless ones. :) Psalm 189:16- Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. This was so dear to me while I was carrying my daughter, Shereen. :) She is the joy of my life! :) May you know that joy as well, my dear. All in good tme. Hugs

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/28/2013 11:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Maybe someday! I still feel like that's a lifetime away from happening... but who knows? I feel as though, just because abortion is a common thing to do that it becomes "okay" in people's minds. I find it silly how microorganisms from Mars is called life, but the human fetus is not.
  1. Date: 4/28/2013 8:02:00 AM
    You amaze me again. You tackled abortion in a very sensitive way. You have elicited tears for the unborn child and exalted the beauty of humanity in the process.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 4/29/2013 6:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Well done indeed
    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/28/2013 8:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I wrote about this topic quite a few years ago. But at the time I tackled it in the wrong way and it ended up sounding more like a rant than a call to action. So I tried it again, and I think I said all I wanted to say... this time around :)
  1. Date: 4/28/2013 7:34:00 AM
    Believe me Tim, it's way more complicated than all of that lol, but well worth it, and trees do have hearts as I'm reminded of weekly when I pass one I've loved all my life. Take care, Richard

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/28/2013 8:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I'm awhile away from experiencing any of this, so I'm sure it's not so simple... haha. Always appreciate your visits, my friend!