for good, or ill, or nothing.
The lightest things weigh
heaviest in minds of men.
Proclamations of overvalue slight
treasures of worth untold.
Double negatives aren’t positive:
“This is a Catholic Country.”
Two lives are lost
by neglected Hippocratic oaths.
The child was alive, yes, but
it would have never had the chance
to smile. Savita, full of life
was the bestower of smiles.
Yet now, the fainting heartbeat
was valued over two lives
and all those smiles,
generations of them.
(This is to honor an Indian dentist in Ireland who was to miscarry at 17 weeks. The doctors by refusing treatment are said to be guilty of her death by infection days later. She was actually told the quoted line above.)