Fragile [excerpts] | www.LaurieBettsHughes.com by Laurie Betts Hughes published on 2017-06-05T03:15:37Z Text: SOME, too fragile for winter winds, The thoughtful grave encloses,— Tenderly tucking them in from frost Before their feet are cold. Never the treasures in her nest The cautious grave exposes, Building where schoolboy dare not look And sportsman is not bold. This covert have all the children Early aged, and often cold,— Sparrows unnoticed by the Father; Lambs for whom time had not a fold. by Emily Dickinson Though the choice of text for this piece was initially motivated by the political situation in the USA in 2016-2017, this piece quickly became personal for me when one of my children became seriously ill. What had began as a question to my country--"Where do the fragile ones among us belong?"-- became a personal meditation on the nurturing of life itself. The dedication "for my country, for my child" stands, in order, and the question remains: who will welcome our most delicate souls?