Anti-Abortion Poetry – L.B. Strawn’s Why Must You Die?

This week Eagle Rising is proud to exhibit the anti-abortion poetry of Mr. L.B. Strawn.


“Why, oh why, must you die?”,

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I ask in anguishing, soul wrenching cry….

The child cannot answer my searching query.

But still I continue, though heartsick and weary.


pro-life anti-abortion2“Why, oh why, must the child suffer death?”,

I ask the mother with the very next breath.

“Because my body is my very own”,

Comes the shrill answer from a heart of stone.


“You have no right to kill an innocent child”.

“It’s only a fetus”, the voice becomes wild.

“It isn’t viable; it isn’t living;

And, I have no love that I can be giving”.


So the calloused doctor takes his vicious tongs

And rips away its little arms;

Reaches for its legs, but instead

The tongs, then, crush its tiny head.


The sight is gruesome as the parts are laid

On the surgical cart, and well displayed.

Oh, could that mother look and see

How perfectly formed that baby could be.


And, how she’s killing a real part of her;

No, these thoughts, if ever, seldom occur

Until she’s felt the painful, aching loss

While on her sleepless bed she’ll toss,


(Except to her whose conscience is seared,

Who has never felt love, nor ever cared

For anything, except her “personal right”,

But, it’s truly murder in God’s sight).


Why, oh why, won’t they obey GOD?

But they seem to think HIS word is odd.

Neither do they know, as one can tell,

That they’re damning their souls to a Devil’s hell.


By L. B. Strawn

April 6, 1992

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About the author

L.B. Strawn

Born August 30, 1925, near Holcomb, in the boot heel of Missouri, raised near Springfield until 15, moved to Flat Rock, Michigan, graduating high school there. Volunteered US Army Air Corp (now US Air Force). Served 3 ½ years. Left active service as 2nd Lt, served several years in reserves, resigned as Captain. He married Mary Ellen Roton in Montgomery, Alabama, February 22, 1947, after returning from nine months in Germany in the army of occupation where he helped rebuild Rhine-Main airfield near Frankfurt. By September, 1947 they had settled in southern California where he worked 4 ½ years building military aircraft for North American Aviation (now Rockwell International), advancing to leadman, then accepted position with California Highway Patrol, retiring after 25 years on December 30, 1976. His family consists of four children and seventeen grandchildren, of whom he has written in his poems.
He and his wife were baptized into Christ in May, 1947. He services as a deacon and bible class teacher in the Rose Ave. Church of Christ, Bellflower, Cal.
His poetic endeavors includes God, Christ, the church, nature, love, marriage, family, special occasions and even politics. A few are comical but ALL attempt to convey thoughtfulness, with good morals. He has written over 2,000 poems and short stories, of which many are based on actual occurrences while most are fiction. He has been published five times, one hard back book, "OF ME", by Carlton Press of N.Y., (contains 96 poems and received a very commendable review by the Long Beach Press-Telegram, in which his poetry was compared to that of Joyce Kilmer, who wrote TREES), four chapbooks of 23 or 24 poems, were published by "The Plowman" of Whitby, Ontario, Canada. Now he publishes his own chapbooks and has a total of 11 of his own. They have from 23 to 31 poems. More chapbooks are expected momentarily. As a result of being a finalist in the 1997 ISP contest and convention in Washington, D. C., this book is being added to his long list of achievements.
He was a member of World of Poetry, from whom he received one silver poet and four golden poet awards, one outstanding achievement, one fourth place and fourteen certificates of merit. He is now a lifetime member of The International Society Of Poets with gold, ruby and emerald awards, three $50.00 semi-finalist awards and one finalist award. He won first prize in a contest by "The Plowman". He has been published in several news papers and news letters in California, Missouri, Michigan and Pennsylvania, and in two national news letter, also in numerous anthologies. His poems have appeared in many church of Christ bulletins throughout the United States, and 900 have been included in a CD Rom.
In his endeavors in publishing, he has printed 15 chapbooks for two sisters, who write poetry, and for friends, as well as poets throughout the USA, some for a local chapter of the California Federation of Chaparral Poets, of which , he is a member. Also for 1 poet in Australia and 1 in England. He is always trying to advance the cause of poetry, and has taught 10 classes in the ABC and Downey school districts. Though he has some college, he has no degree, however many, hearing his poetry and his delivery, have thought him to be a teacher by profession.

His books are available for purchase through him.

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