The Morning Dove
For a mother and newborn both critically ill at birth, but in time were healed. The newborn, Jacob, was delivered at twenty four weeks gestation and weighed one and one half pounds at birth. I witnessed his growth to four pounds when he left for home 
By reason unexplained
came with wrath of nature’s
will and pain upon an olive tree,
to cleave unequal its fair soul
and hurl each fracture into
stormy destiny. And as time
and hope and prayer
within an earthen womb
nurtured tendril branches
where buds and blossoms bloom,
I cried, for I was first to
see a morning dove bear a leaflet
in the Spring and fly
homewards… for eternity.