Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight

By: Kathy Gardner

he’s breathing so softly

so deeply

so gently

or is that me?

the space between us has dissolved

and i can’t tell

if he’s taking my air

or if i’m taking his

we rest next to each other

and sigh into the night,

each comforting the other

knowingly and unknowingly

it is like that with your children

even the ones

who do not breathe at all

Kathy GardnerAbout Kathy Gardner

Kathy Gardner lives with her husband Charlie and their two busy little boys, Charlie (6) and James (3) in Sandy Hook, CT. Their 3rd child, Tinsley, is already waiting for them in Heaven. Tinsley died suddenly in December 2017 at 32 weeks because of a True Knot in her umbilical cord. Kathy has found comfort in writing poetry to express her grief around losing her daughter and hopes other parents find comfort in her words, too.  She shares about her journey on Less Than One Percent (

Kathy works in public relations, adores Bob Dylan, and is a proud Dartmouth alumn.

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