Ballad of Birmingham Stanza 8
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She clawed through bits of glass and brick,
Then lifted out a shoe.
"O, here's the shoe my baby wore,
But, baby, where are you?"
- History tells us that four young girls died in the bombing of the church in Birmingham.
- The child's shoe is all that the mother can find in the rubble. It's also a symbol of the loss of life, and of innocence.
- The poem ends with the mother's cries as she searches for her daughter, whom we can assume has died in the bombing.
- The poem stops short of confirming this for us, though. Instead, we're left with the cries of a grief-stricken mother.