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Dear God, may I please have an answer?
Am I ever permitted to know
Why one who was still so much needed
Was the one who was chosen to go?

You know I'd have carried the burden.
You know I would have given my all
If I could but have kept my loved child
Until my time to answer your call.

Was there such a need up in Heaven
That would be so much greater than ours?
If that's so, please give me a sign, Lord
I have searched in your sky full of stars.

I don't want to seem so ungrateful
For the wonderful years that we had,
But what will I do with this love, Lord
That is making my days now so sad.

I took the sweet babe that you sent me
And I gave him the best I knew how.
Did I love him more that I loved You?
Is that what you are telling me now?

If that's so, I truly am sorry
And if I had a chance to atone,
I'd praise you each day for my blessing,
For the child who is only on loan.

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 12:13:00 PM
    Joyce, Another well deserved win!!

  1. Date: 6/6/2013 8:40:00 PM
    Joyce, a nice little win.... congratulations! *Linda

  1. Date: 6/6/2013 6:42:00 PM
    Beautiful writing. I am reminded that children are the greatest blessing God gives us... Also we should accept the greatest responsibility they present. You have my deepest sympathy.... Love you dearly.... Jake... Congrats..

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 8:40:00 PM
    Joyce, A congratulations to you. I don't see you nearly enough. And I think as I recall this was sadly a reality for you in your life, right? You have so many of life's experiences on which to draw, both of the good and the bad. never stop sharing.

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 6:57:00 PM
    Joyce congratulations on your fabulous win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 2:29:00 PM
    I always know your going to write something great. Congrats on your placement in my contest. BG

  1. Date: 6/4/2013 11:04:00 PM
    I hope this was your imagination and not based on a true story (if so I'm deeply sorry for your loss). I can't imagine the sadness of losing a child. I'm told by many that it's the parents that are the first to go, and I knew one lady that practically outlived all of her children... in any case you crafted a fine poem, it was sincere and honest - my kind of writing!

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 10:32:00 PM
    Joyce this is a sad poem, but so true, children are only leant some for a short while some forever. Loved your words .....Seren