“Storm Drain Baby”

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Yesterday a baby was born,

Placed in a storm drain

To die by a father who wasn’t.

Three days of heavy rain

Washed the Blood of this Lamb

Into the sea.


He was found, expected to live

And died,

His short life measured in scant public



The 19 year old father said as they

Led him away:

“It was a miscarriage gone wrong.”


The rain continues today

Rushing down streets

To storm drains,

Making a gurgling sound.



Jane Kohut-Bartels

September 18, 2009-2016

(“Storm Drain Baby” first published in PoetCRIT Journal, India, 2010 by Jane Kohut-Bartels)

How many children must be killed by parents and gang violence before someone says “Enough”.  Here in Atlanta, and surrounding counties,  the killing of children, toddlers and babies are almost a weekly occurrence.  Domestic violence and gang violence, where children get caught in the crossfire doesn’t seem to stop. How many more children will be sacrificed to a cultural chaos?

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5 Responses to ““Storm Drain Baby””

  1. Sherry Marr Says:

    What a horrible event. Our society is very unwell.


  2. ladynyo Says:

    True. And even worse, it happened. I remember being so saddened by this short event…little outrage, then a general ‘forgetting’ of it…but you can’t forget something like this. Thank you, Sherry, for reading this and your comment. I am haunted by this poor, unseen baby.


  3. Liras Says:

    What a hideous society we find ourselves struggling to overcome.


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Yes, and I wish I could say this poem was fiction, but it wasn’t.


  5. Liras Says:

    Sadly, it is speaking of something all too common.


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