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War Baby

Written by Pamela Holmes, whose daughter was born four months after her pilot husband was posted missing.

He has not even seen you, he
Who gave you your mortality;
And you, so small, how can you guess
His courage or his loveliness?

Yet in my quiet mind I pray
He passed you on the darkling way -
His death, your birth, so much the same -
And holding you, breathed once your name.

Pamela Holmes