Bound Together

Written for dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  Threads of Feelings  (posted by Sarah Connor)
In 1739, Captain Thomas Coram opened the London Foundling Hospital. He’d been inspired by the number of destitute children he had seen on the streets of London, and spent 19 years raising funds to open the institution. Mothers brought their babies there, hoping that one day they would be able to return for them. Babies were baptised, given new names and new clothes, but their original clothes were recorded. Mothers also left a token, as proof of identity in case they did manage to return.

love token:  a gift that is symbolic of a love relationship

I want you to think about these tokens. Maybe one of these images catches your imagination. Maybe you want to think about a token you would leave, or have been left. Maybe there’s something you carry around to remind you of someone you love. That’s what I want you to write about.


These pieces of rags
sewn together
are the tatters of my heart
because I cannot care
for you now.

But oh my child,
I return, together
we will 
burn the past.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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31 Responses to Bound Together

  1. rothpoetry says:

    I love the way your chose this and brought life to the story behind it. Together we will burn the past! A great line!


  2. Such a love and the torn heart. Never mended I am sure


  3. This is a perfect response to that picture. Thank you so much. You’ve told a true story here. Very powerful.


  4. Your words bring great meaning to togetherness in love and life.


  5. lynn__ says:

    Wow, Sara…just wow!


  6. annell4 says:

    Wow, what a strong poem!


  7. Grace says:

    Make a new path or beginning! Love your response!


  8. This is beautiful, Sara!


  9. memadtwo says:

    I like the hope in the ending. (K)


  10. Janice says:

    Strong images to express what a mother having to give up her child would feel. The opening phrase is my favourite.


  11. The reunifications must have been few and far between. That’s maybe what is so tragic about the story.


  12. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the description of those pieces of cloth as “tatters of my heart” and the ultimate goal to “burn the past”. Very nice.


  13. “tatters of my heart”. I was very moved by these pieces of fabric as well!


  14. I liked the perspective, the point of view you took with this; you honored the personal stories behind that wonderful prompt.


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