When Babies Die

When babies die
we put them in the ground and cry

Say things to help that don’t
 and if the ifs of what they won’t

The Toraja have another way
in a hollowed place in a living tree

Infant and tree growing still

You may sleep better, I know I will

When a Torajan baby dies, the infant is sometimes buried inside the trunk of a tree in the hope that the child will continue to grow with the tree.   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3270383/The-tree-graves-Indonesia-dead-babies-buried-inside-trunks-growing-plants-absorbed-nature.html

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