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He looked at the child on the ground,
the night quiet, no sound,
child shot in a needless crime,
as his hands tingled as if frozen in time,
he leaned forward, his pale skin beaming,
his sympathy fell hard,
his emotions, streaming,
his fury, steaming,
his reality, dreaming,
he made no effort to make
his physical demeanor hide how he felt,
it was no mistake,
death brings,
a failure to receive wings,
he was the Angel assigned to protect the child,
he snapped,
and held up a restraining hand,
now trapped,
and no longer can he demand,
so forever earthbound he’ll stand.

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  1. Date: 3/18/2009 9:01:00 AM
    This form must be your strength, you sing so well in it. A great poem!

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 11:10:00 AM
    This is great and really leaves you thinking, I read it twice (okay, three times, but who's counting? hehe). The flow is great and the story... even greater. At first I thought, is this a policeman...? but then when I read about the wings, it was like an "aha!" and then... oh wow. Really great twist that I was not expecting, & I feel so sorry for this earthbound angel... you need to give him another chance in a sequel or something. ;) Forever is a long time. Really terrific write. :) Love, Amy

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  1. Date: 3/12/2009 10:20:00 AM
    Very powerful piece, Frank. Tragic and deeply moving with dark images. Intense drama, well written. Love, Robin

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 7:41:00 AM
    I love this, Frank! So sad but really a great poem. :) Love Christie

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 7:37:00 AM
    I had to read this piece a couple of time Frankie this..the angel in the piece made this very strong..

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 7:34:00 AM
    My gosh Frank, you earthbound an angel, geez! Seriously though is there anything not worth the life of a child. You have a very tender heart. By the way its wonderful but its no acrostic. winkssss