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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Red, Red Rain

Red, red, red—
government control, swords
upon babies’ heads, staining
mothers’ souls.

Infanticide, gendercide, suicide—
taken from the streets;
nowhere to hide
from the slaughter of daughters.

Red, red, red—
abortion, coercion, sterilization,
feminine damnation,
perpetration, denies God’s creation.

Rein, reign, rain—
drowning full term babies
females plucked
and crushed like weeds.

Rein, reign, rain—
taking living, breathing
human beings, throwing
them away.

© Wynne Huddleston

Congress Must Cut UNFPA Funds to Stop Forced Abortions
Wynne Huddleston’s poetry can be read in nearly 40 publications. She is the winner of the 2010 Lifepress Grandmother Earth Environmental Poetry Contest. Learn more about Wynne, HERE.


  1. "Rein, reign, rain—" very clever! If I can offer a teeny weeny suggestion? I'd swap the second stanza with the last stanza, and then add one final line at the end to make it all really hit home. Am I allowed to offer suggestions here? LOL. Sorry if I'm not. If not just tell me to shut up :o)

    Love the poem, though!

  2. Haha, i get it now! That's clever

  3. @Jessica, maybe that would make more sense structurally. It is a very new poem and I always think of something later to improve. Is a poem ever really done? LOL I just thought the "throwing away" should be last. Thanks for the compliments.

  4. What a powerful, poetic lament! These precious babies and mothers have too few tears given for them. Thank you, Wynne. ( L. Owen)

  5. Thank you, and thanks for caring!