‘Goodbye, Sweet Fetal Child’ by Theresa Rodriguez The Society March 18, 2015 Beauty, Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Poetry, Popular Poetry Archives 12 Comments Goodbye, sweet fetal child— for you shall die, Because a mother’s love is also dead: The hallowed place of nurture where you lie Shall soon become the ground where blood is shed. The battle to reject the womanly, Or motherly, for ‘me, myself and I’ Shall forfeit noble care of progeny (That greater good): hence hearts have gone awry. The battlefield where ‘what is hers’ to keep Claims hedonistic ‘choice’ its weaponry; But poison, scalpel, pill or force will reap That bitter fruit, bare yet the casualty. For those untimely born, it must suffice That they, not choice, become the sacrifice. Theresa Rodriguez is author of Jesus and Eros: Sonnets, Poems and Songs and is a classical singer and voice teacher who writes for Classical Singer Magazine. Featured Image: “The Wait and the Reward” by Anna Rose Bain – 30×30″ – oil on linen NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 12 Responses Theresa Rodriguez March 18, 2015 A beautiful choice of illustration to go with my sonnet, thank you very much Evan!! Reply Durlabh Singh March 19, 2015 Thanks Theresa for your appreciation. Love. Reply Elizabeth Greywolf March 19, 2015 The “hallowed place of nurture” is woman’s alone, not a nosy neighbor’s, a religious prattler’s, nor any man’s. Romanticizing accidental pregnancies as sacred when children by the millions go hungry every night is beyond harmless ignorance, perpetuates world hunger and pointless guilt. If you consider it rejection of what is “womanly” and call it “hedonistic” choice, then are you stepping up to raise the unwanted children women are forced to produce? Reply Reid McGrath March 23, 2015 Powerful poetry, Theresa. Reply Theresa Rodriguez March 24, 2015 Thank you Reid, I appreciate your “appreciation” very much indeed! Reply Michael Curtis March 26, 2015 Strong words bravely spoken: Well done. Reply Theresa Rodriguez March 26, 2015 Thank you very much Michael!! Reply Al August 14, 2016 Thank you, very much. From my uncle and my grandmother. “Open your mouth for the speechless” – God’s Word. Reply Durlabh Singh August 15, 2016 I WILL CONTEMPLATE Today I will contemplate Surges in cosmic memory And wind will help me In uncovering breaths of universe. Pulverising the depths of solitude I will find fluidity in great oceans Studded with shoals of sun creatures Will get adorned in colours of millions. Thoughts in flowers amid ornaments Will shine like the starry heavens Vibrating their silvery tonalities In rivers of some great adventures. Durlabh Singh Reply Amy Foreman March 18, 2019 Thank you for directing me to this well-written and powerful poem, Theresa. I hope to read more of your poetry in the future! Reply Theresa Rodriguez March 18, 2019 Thank you very much Amy! Reply Theresa Rodriguez March 18, 2019 Amy, I just recently put together a chapbook of 37 of my sonnets. It is available in ebook form on amazon.com if you search under my name. I hope might enjoy reading them. I have some paper copies as well; if you would like one perhaps you could direct Evan to give me your address and I will mail you one straightaway. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.