What do you ask your God for, at the end of day,

Kneeling beside your bed with bowed and hopeless head?

What mercy can He give you?—Dreams of the unborn

Children that haunt your soul like loving words unsaid—

Dreams, as a song half-heard through sleep in early morn?

Tender, and bitter-sweet, and shy, I’ve watched you holding

Another’s child. O childless woman, was it then

That, with an instant’s cry, your heart, made young again,

Was crucified for ever—those poor arms enfolding

The life, the consummation that had been denied you?

I too have longed for children. Ah, but you must not weep.

Something I have to whisper as I kneel beside you…

And you must pray for me before you fall asleep.

by Siegfried Sassoon

28 thoughts on “Childless…

  1. Wow! My first thought when I saw this image was… ohhh beautiful baby. My second thought was “cool tatoo” :o) then as I notice the wonderful tones and luminosity in this image I scrolled down to the narrative you have posted with this image and was very moved. I relate to your whole concept here as I am a cat lover and they are like my children… approaching the age of being to old to have kids and not having found the right partner, having been married and my ex not being able to father children I have often wondered if I would miss the chance, I know now I probably have. For me this image and commentary runs very deep, wonderfully moving and emotive my friend, well done!

  2. Strong. – And touching. However I would have prefered if you had changed your position so the soda can was out of the frame, it confuses the composition a little.Is he your husband? I was thinking of the tatoo on his left arm 😉

  3. A great picture with very nice tones. Great viewpoint as well. Works excellent in B&W… A nice warming picture. Shes a cutie, and so is… eh nevermind.. Well done.

  4. very cute & touching shot.. (i’m a dog person) also.. i’m surprised no one noticed that your dog’s eyeing his.. you know.. lol.. maybe for nomnoms.. 😀

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