Day Six: Merrijane Rice


You were wanted,
not an accident.

Your first fluttering cells
set plans pulsing—
names, knitting, nursery colors,

Though two others came before,
I saved a part for you.

Sometimes a heart stops beating
and dreams bleed free
in a slow, red river
of barren pain.

No healing prayers,
no reasons sought,
none given.
Just one of those things.

But it wasn’t an accident.
You were wanted

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Merrijane grew up in Bountiful, Utah. She earned a BA in English from BYU and then served a mission to Washington, D.C. After returning, she married Jason Rice. Together, they’re raising a family of four boys. She currently works for Deseret Mutual as a technical writer.

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