poetry

Read The Cædmon Poems Collection
Published by Nyssa Care, Chicago
April 8, 2022

A Message from Tara:
In September of last year, Dallas and I lost our son, Cædmon, in an early labour almost 5 months into my pregnancy. We held him in our arms as his spirit left this world. Cædmon (pronounced Kad-men) was named after a medieval poet and musician who cared for the animals at Whitby Monastery, England. He became a saint for composing “Cædmon’s Hymn”, which is the earliest evidence of English poetry. We call our son “our little saint”, and he truly is.

Being a mother and father to Cædmon then facing his early death has been the most painful experience Dallas and I have ever endured. It has also been the most beautiful. Cædmon opened up a new world for us. He lives on forever in our music, our words, our hearts. And we honour him and heal ourselves this way.

This brings me to the publication of my first poetry collection, The Cædmon Poems, a mother’s journey through grief and transformation following the devastations of pregnancy loss.

At least 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, but only 2-3% happen in the second trimester.

What I learned from my experience is that most people do not have the language for communicating or hearing these stories, whatever stage pregnancy loss occurs. This is why I wrote The Cædmon Poems – to heal myself and share with others. Thank you sincerely to Nyssa Care, a women’s health organization based in Chicago, that has given my poems light. Nyssa does wonderful work advancing awareness of women’s bodies and experiences. I hope my words help heal families going through pregnancy and infant loss, and teach our world the language needed to understand and support grieving mothers and fathers.

With deep love,

Tara