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For a Friend Who Died of Marfan Syndrome

Cleaning out an old filing cabinet, I came upon a poem I had written 24 years ago, just after I had given birth to my first child, Benjamin. This spring, he will be married. His younger sister, Elizabeth, will be the maid of honor.

For a Friend Who Died of Marfan Syndrome

Let my baby be hers, too

Let him have grown in her virgin womb

suckled at her empty breast

Let me love him for her

who yearned to create

Let me rejoice in his beauty, the small exploring hands

the fervent mouth

the wetness of which

she will never feel

Let me tingle with the

joy, the freshness, the pain

of living with the same disease that killed her

Let me do this in her honor, in her memory

Her time is over

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