For Courtney

by Candice Yallop
(a pantoum poem)

She was born yesterday
Perfect little girl not meant for our world
Carried for nine months warm and secure
Surviving only twelve hours in the maternity ward

Perfect little girl not meant for our world
The left side of her heart too small
Surviving only twelve hours in the maternity ward
Making us all value and question life

The left side of her heart too small
Carried for nine months warm and secure
Making us all value and question life
She died today, 26 years ago.

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