||Tito Mataban, a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Brentwood's, Knights of Columbus Council 7467, wrote the sonnet below in March. The Knights and others at IHM bought and erected this statue of Rachel mourning the unborn children last year as a memorial to the 50 million lives lost since the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973.
Vigil on My Knees
As the moon starts its journey behind me,
My grief ebbing with its luminous rays
Its radiance firing my deepest sympathy
For those whose beings are crushed these days.
I start my vigil on my left knee
For my heart is too heavy with sadness
Trying to understand how one could be,
So callous as to destroy his likeness.
If only this vigil could turn a stone-cold heart
Into one with open warmth and love,
Perhaps it could erase one move that hurt,
And accept a new being as a gift from Above.
Then my vigil shall no longer be one made in vain,
For I, Rachel, will wither any grief despite the pain.
— Tito Mataban
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