26 October 2012

The Gift

Because women and babies deserve better.

In the US, Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock made some now-infamous comments this week, which speak volumes about his (and presumably his party's) attitude towards women (or, so the far-right Christian dinosaurs amongst you can understand me: "incubators who iron").

I couldn't let this one slip by.

O thank you God for giving me this very precious gift;
For bestowing your good grace within my womb.
Every time I sense its growing form, its tiny body shift,
I can feel the love of Jesus newly bloom.

I know not why I was chosen for this most momentous task;
Why you set this path for me to bravely tread.
With my head awash with wonder, I must very humbly ask:
Why me, Lord? Why not another lamb instead?

Why not Ashraf and Letitia, now on fourth-round IVF?
Why not Helen, with her history of miscarriage?
Why not Kate, whose first was unresponsive and profoundly deaf?
Why not Anh, whose childlessness affects her marriage?

I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, please forgive my reckless gall;
I know not how your grand plan for me is shaped.
But I wonder, Lord, since you control what happens to us all;
Why you didn’t intervene when I was raped?


  1. Anonymous6:32 am

    Why did you delete my last comment?

    Dont you like to have your ideas challenged?

    Cant stand a little bit of scrutiny?

    Reinstate the comment now.

    1. Dear Anonymous,

      You're a bit of a cunt, arent you?

    2. Anonymous12:50 pm

      Dear, hasn't your mother told you yet that demanding people do things NOW rarely has the desired result?

  2. Hi Anonymous,

    I deleted your comment because it was irrelevant and badly written, and because this is my blog. The topic here is the Republican party, which appears to value God over the wellbeing of women and children. It's not about whose religion is more betterer than whose.

    Thanks so much for visiting though. I mean that.

  3. Anonymous7:04 pm

    So if English isn't your first language or if you have a learning disabilty and thus write badly, there is half a chance that this woman is going to delete your comment.

  4. Hi again Anonymous. Thanks so much for taking the time to express yourself here. It seems that you'd like to have an argument. I respectfully decline.

  5. Anonymous8:01 am

    You have to admit this is the first bit of traffic that you have had on your loser website for a bit of a while.

    Nah but seriously you write really good poetry. I am surprised that publishers aren't knocking down your door.

  6. You're right, Anonymous! If it wasn't for constructive comments like yours, I'd have nothing to do at all. Thank you yet again for dedicating so much of your valuable time to my little project. I am quite humbled.

  7. Shel, you damned well better do what Anonymous, the King Of Teh Internets says, or he will YELL AT YOU OVER TEH INTERNETS.

    What a nobber.

  8. Anonymous10:33 am

    Nothing to do eh? How about you start looking after your daughter for a start. Poor little kid.


  10. Anonymous10:20 am

    Dear Shellity,

    Shut up you other anonymous! You're giving the rest of us a bad name.

    Shellity, I hope you're not going to tar all us anonymouses with the same brush.

    This is the third of your poems that I am emailing to all my friends.

    In a good way.

    And I don't do that stuff lightly.

  11. Hello Most Recent Anonymous! I won't judge you or anyone else by your name or anonymity. I will judge you by your comments.

    And right now I'm thinking "What a lovely thing to say!"

    Thanks very much for visiting, commenting and being generally tops.

  12. loved and shared xxxxx

  13. Thank you lovely lioness.