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We read the stories every day,
A child snatched by a stranger.
He’s taken from his loving home
Where there should be no danger.

The devastated parents beg
For him to be returned.
Heartless abductors do not care.
Their frantic pleas are spurned.

He has been loved and nourished
For the whole of his short days.
Far from loving arms that held him
With his innocence he pays.

A lucky few are found alive
But are forever changed.
His future has been colored
By the demonic or deranged.

If or when these deviates are caught, 
They should not be freed again,
They should live their lifetime in a cage
And feel their victim’s pain.

Copyright © Joyce Johnson

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  1. Date: 1/25/2013 7:09:00 PM
    Joyce, congratulations with your amazing win.. xox~PD

  1. Date: 1/22/2013 2:44:00 PM
    Sometimes it seems if there are only 2 choices predator or prey? Conrad's on your winning writes. Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/20/2013 8:05:00 PM
    An amazing write on a tragic subject. Congrats on your win, Joyce! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 1/20/2013 3:36:00 PM
    Fantastic piece,Joyce....Great write..Congrats on your superb win in this contest...

  1. Date: 1/20/2013 12:48:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win!

  1. Date: 1/20/2013 11:18:00 AM
    Congratulations on your winning spot Joyce luv xx

  1. Date: 1/17/2013 2:43:00 AM
    Beautifully written poem on the theme of the contest Joyce.This is a common phenomenon now throughout the world.Best wishes to you.

  1. Date: 1/16/2013 10:59:00 AM
    Joyce; This is one great poem that speaks the truth,of what is happening everyday as we live. Here where I live, we have the Amber Alert. Thanks for sharing. Lucilla

  1. Date: 1/16/2013 4:15:00 AM
    this is so powerful Joyce and needed to be witten, every single day you are so correct...i love this poem, althought it is of human tragedy, please read my "The Butcher of Canning Vale" a true horrific acount of child abuse, where i lived in Australia a couple of years ago... your poem to my fav...