Louis Gibbs


You are an angel shed of wing,

Aglow with the radiance

Of a soul still pure.


What a blessing it is

Experiencing bittersweet joy

Holding you against my chest,

Exchanging breath and heartbeat,

Being reminded of what it was like

When still connected to our true home.


There can be no greater satisfaction

Than that of touching heaven,

Holding a newborn child.


  • orchidee

    Sensitive write L.
    On a lighter theme, a true tale - now look, in me First Aid practice, I didn't touch a woman's botty on purpose, did I? Or did I?! I would only make myself swoon! heehee.

  • orchidee

    You were surely touching heaven. Oh, I would get emotionally attached. There's other glimpses of heaven too, I believe - children playing, laughing; a dog running in the park; a sunset; etc.

    • Louis Gibbs

      It was impossible not to get emotionally attached to those tiny angels, some two pounds or less. But what a blessing to give them comfort. Thanks for this response, orchidee.

      • orchidee

        I don't know how I would cope. I can be insensitive too at times though. I would be 'into' Cuddles and Hugs!

      • Goldfinch60

        Very powerful write. Your care for the babies shines through.

        • Louis Gibbs

          Thank you, Goldfinch. They are my favorite people.

        • Fay Slimm

          Such a tender and caring write and to think you were cuddling a newborn under difficult circumstances - - bravo for this giving of time and self my dear friend and thank you for letting us know there are those who still care. An inspiring verse.

          • Louis Gibbs

            Speaking of those who care, the nurses in the unit were extremely caring, even though it was just a job for twelve hour shifts. It was inspiring to observe. Thank you for this generous response, Fay.

          • phantom bride

            how beautiful

          • Christina S

            Absolutely beautiful! What a touching poem!

            • Louis Gibbs

              And yours is a touching reply. Thank you, Christina.

            • Michael Edwards

              My admiration goes out to you raking on such a wonderful role = and a super poem to go with it.

              • Louis Gibbs

                The role was a blessing that I gave myself, and a wonderful blessing it was! Thanks for your comment on the poem.

              • Candlewitch

                dear Louis,

                you are a saint! there is no monitory value for what you provide for those wee small beings!

                There can be no greater satisfaction
                Than that of touching heaven,
                Holding a newborn child.

                *hugs, Cat & eddy

                • Louis Gibbs

                  The saints may well have been offended by your comparison, and I wouldn't blame them. None-the-less, I am gratified by your appreciation of the poem!

                • burning-embers

                  Reading both your poem and your notes this is so beautiful. Thank you, you brought from me tears of joy at the beauty of rebirth and the love you obviously give so unselfishly.

                  • Louis Gibbs

                    Sorry for making you cry, but I appreciate you sharing in my emotions for these little angels who were starting life afflicted in many different ways. They often made me cry too.

                  • FredPeyer

                    Thank you Louis for a wonderful poem and also for being there for these little innocent angels.

                    • Louis Gibbs

                      Thanks, Fred. I'm sure that I got at least as much out of it as they did.

                    • Hood.

                      Wow! An emotional write & I had no idea that there were people who did this role of 'cuddler'.

                      That is amazing as new-borns need to have that human touch & let's be honest most of need that throughout our lives.

                      I'll give you a call if I need a hug! LOL!

                      Really good write.


                      • Louis Gibbs

                        Unfortunately not all NICU units offer this service, though the need is there. I did my service at the fine medical center in Gainesville GA. Thanks for your comment, Hood! We all need hugs now and then.

                      • onepauly


                        • Louis Gibbs

                          Thank you, onepauly.

                        • malubotelho

                          Wow! A truly beautiful poem and a truly beautiful soul of yours. My admiration for your tender heart. I did not even knew about the cuddlers. How sweet.

                          • Louis Gibbs

                            Not all hospitals with NICU units offer the program unfortunately. Thank you for your very sweet reply!

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