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Matthew Thorburn
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Editor’s Note: “This Morning” describes the arc of a couple’s mourning and coming to terms with the loss of a pregnancy.

Editor’s note for authors of submissions to Pectoriloquy: Poems should not exceed 350 words, should not have been previously published, and should be related to concerns of physicians and medicine. First submissions to the Pectoriloquy Section should be submitted via e-mail to poetrychest@aol.com. Authors of accepted poems will be asked to submit the final version to CHEST Manuscript Central.

Michael Zack, MD, FCCP

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Chest. 2014;145(2):412. doi:10.1378/chest.13-1121
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we’re holding
our breath in this too-warm
room, waiting to detect
that is the word—your
heartbeat, if you
have one. Two weeks
ago, you were there
on the dark screen, smaller
than expected, but there,
but still. Presenting as
not viable—those were
the cold, the heartless
words. Keep growing,
I prayed—those were
my words, forgetting how
long ago I gave up
on prayers, still
willing and pleading with
whomever might hear me
to listen, thinking if
you don’t have
faith—or if not faith,
not even that, then
hope, simple hope—
then your hands
are empty and you walk
in the dark. Pale
shadow on the sonogram,
pearl button we’ve fastened
our deepest wish to—
we are knocking
on your wall. Please,
little heart, knock back.


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