A choice to create, or not, a life.
Once chosen, there is a beginning
birth, beauty, joy and promise.
A choice to raise, or not, a child.
Sheltered in love there is commitment
help, guidance, hope and trust.
A choice to continue, or not, to try.
Not keeping vow to love, there is loss
anger, misdeed, cruelty and division.
A choice to seek, or not, another
And once found, there is damage
lost, forsaken, abandon and alone.
A choice to consider, or not, that child
Once put aside, there is emptiness
sorrow, brokenness, reflected in her eyes.
A choice to accept, or not, responsibility
For what has been wrought, there is denial
blame, isolation, denying what was created
A choice, poorly made, forgotten
By those ill-prepared, there is resignation
permanence, realizing, the choices are at fault.
Karen Quinn 2001