I just learned through the media that the missing child I alluded to in last post (poem) was found dead. I cannot imagine the pain the family must be going through. I can only express my deepest condolences in another poem. I do not know that this poem will even reach the girl’s family but my heart aches. Every time I read or hear about another child missing my heart skips a beat. I remember the one time my daughter roamed away from us at the mall. It was the longest and most agonizing 15 minutes of my life. My throat became so dry I could barely speak. My husband became so pale it was as if someone had drained the blood from his body. She had been sitting in the book store the entire time not realizing that we were worried sick looking for her. When we saw her walking back towards us along side the Mall’s security guard I thought I would collapse from the sigh of relief. So I know that desperate feeling one gets when you know your child is missing. All it takes is a minute and your life can change forever.
I do not know all the details of this horrendous crime. The investigation is still fresh. But if indeed someone took this child’s life to steal her bicycle then my heart breaks even more. What a senseless, cruel, inhuman, barbaric act. Only heartless, brainless fools are capable of such a thing. What is happening to some of our youth? How does a bicycle become more valuable than a human life? What can we do to stop the craziness? How do we protect our children?
Here is my poem dedicated to the parents of the victim of this recent tragedy. God be with this family to help them cope with the pain.
A garden full of sweet smelling flowers has begun to grow
getting ready to greet you and invite you to the show
Your parents are aware
and know you must be there
among the angels
but of course they will miss you very much
and long to touch
your face as when they’d tiptoe into your room at night,
to kiss you on the forehead and say goodnight.
Now you are out of sight
to them and to your friends
but none will forget your plight
and we all will continue to flight
to stop what was your fatal destiny
from happening again
We promise to not forget
We promise to remember
the splendor of your short life
on this earth
And when we look up
to see the sky at night
you will be the most beautiful star
shining bright upon us.
- Another child missing (poemattic.wordpress.com)