Monday, July 24, 2017

RIP Charlie Gard

We humans may be at the top of the food chain feeling there is nothing we cannot overcome
 When a child is struck with a disease we believe that with science we can overcome
A natural hope and all parents’ belief
That regardless of the diagnosis modern medicine will spare them from grief
A portal to rationed care in England for a tiny infant Charlie Gard
A national health service that experimental treatment barred
Into courts and into the court of public opinion with only the slimmest of hope
Watching their youngest son slip away one can only imagine how they could cope
No parent should ever have to bury a child where there is a saving chance
After all that is the miracle of modern medicine which our longevity continues to advance
Where the English courts were prepared to close the hospital treatment room doors
U.S. doctors and hospitals were prepared to the odds of failure ignore
Alas not to be and Charlie Gard will leave this world before his first birthday
Leaving his parents in grief and tears to display
A sad note that as humans we are mortal despite all the science and miracles of modern medical wonders
Despite all our best efforts and prayers the dark boatman may come for us to tear our dreams asunder
Prayers with the parents of this brave little boy
Sad a lifetime of birthdays they and he will never enjoy

© July 24, 2017 Michael P. Ridley the Alaskanpoet 

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