I Saw The Photograph…
Maria Ní Mhurchú
I saw the photograph and
It brought a lump to my throat;
Five months old
Too fragile to be removed
From his mother’s womb.
The surgeon made an incision
In the uterus –
The baby suffering from spina bifida;
The surgeon worked away in the dark
Miraculous hands directed by angels from Heaven
Fixing the baby’s spine.
But that’s not what brought
Tears to my eyes
No, but the sight of a tiny hand
Courageously slipping out of his mother’s womb
Curling fingers around the surgeon’s ring finger
A small but firm grasp
A thank-you to medical science
And to Our Maker who gives us the courage
To strive to make this world
A better place.