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Why Kristoffer

Hunted tirelessly..
From bastion to bastion, driven like a wild animal 

Your earthly freedom never found..
The senseless lack of love ruled your parent`s home 

You paid your price..
Now you rest with our heavenly Father,free from pain


A.Ertsland
May 16th 2012


Dedicated to 8 year old Kristoffer Kihle,abused and finally killed
by his stepfather.


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  1. Date: 5/27/2012 6:03:00 PM
    ps your new avatar is much cuter looking!!

    Ertsland Avatar Arild Andresen Ertsland
    Date: 5/28/2012 6:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ..miaow:-)
  1. Date: 5/27/2012 6:02:00 PM
    so sad, Arild. Is this a kid in your country that was in the news or something? I just googled it and was amazed by his story and the stupidity of his mother. The man got only 8 years. Such a travesty!!!

    Ertsland Avatar Arild Andresen Ertsland
    Date: 5/28/2012 5:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes he`s from my country.Worst part of this tragedy was that no one,including teachers at his school reported anything of what was going on.Several times he came to school so badly beaten up by his stepfather,that he couldn`t even open his eyes.The day this poor kid died,he was in such bad shape that he couldn`t even walk without leaning himself to the wall.Later the same day,her mother found him dead with a 17 cm long break in the skull..This whole case is being re-opened again these days.
  1. Date: 5/27/2012 4:01:00 PM
    Poignant rendition of a tragedy. Wuch things happen all too frequently, unfortunately. Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 5/23/2012 2:14:00 PM
    Very sad to have to write a poem to the passingof an eight year old. A very lovely tribute.

    Ertsland Avatar Arild Andresen Ertsland
    Date: 5/23/2012 2:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thanks Joann.The media attention around his case woke me up.No one,including his mom reported the severe abuse he was subjected to.
  1. Date: 5/21/2012 1:10:00 PM
    Hi Arild great write in tribute to this little boy, loss is awful I know my grandson died 5 years ago aged 13 this year we are raising money in his memory for a local childrens hospice, so i really appreciate this write. all the best owen

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 7:40:00 AM
    This is so sad Arild, thank you for being the voice for Kristoffer. A beautiful dedication to him and I love how you ended it as well.. Ps: not sure who turned out the light, will have to find the culprit :) love & hugs CTC

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 4:00:00 AM
    riveting work, arild... your words let out a poetic sigh!.. beautiful!.. winning wishes and huggs! :)

  1. Date: 5/17/2012 9:08:00 PM
    by the way, no one will ever know why! hugs,,, and thank you... xox~PD

  1. Date: 5/17/2012 8:51:00 PM
    Hello, Arlid, wow this is one carries me far across any land. Very sad and heartfelt. My heart pour for the 8 year old. No one should pay the price. Another short example of paying price , as Christ did*. Poor Kihhle, at least he is free from all this pain.. .. thanks for sharing your wonderful and deep thoughts through your poetry with us today;-) Take care and have yourself a good night ~ always* PD

  1. Date: 5/17/2012 12:38:00 PM
    Oh shucks, this literally made my heart feel heavy :(--- it is indeed so heartbreaking to read about child abuse and what's horrifying is it still seems so rampant today. Thanks for sharing Arild...very very moving and affecting write.

  1. Date: 5/17/2012 6:36:00 AM
    Arild a good dedication, there is a case here at the moment where a man has just had six of his fourteen children murdered...dreadful crimes against the kids...David

  1. Date: 5/17/2012 12:31:00 AM
    So sad, Arild, to write about such tragedy but so important to bring this kind of horrific abuse to light. A well written and thoughtful dedication to an innocent child. God bless you. Hugs, Rhonda

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 11:38:00 PM
    Arild, good of you to honour this poor child with a dedication like this. Still the children suffer, still the children suffer.

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 7:50:00 PM
    What a wonderful tribute..but so sad..I hope justice was done!!!

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 6:24:00 PM
    This is saddening. That's just a baby. Share it with world Arild!