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On Watching Innocence

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On Watching Innocence

A pretty girl in pleated dress of red,
with collar laced in white beneath her throat
and matching bow upon her small blonde head,
is glancing round the chapel. I take note.

Though nails on little hands show grown-up paint,
she emanates no guile.  She’s unaware
That in this world are some who wish to taint
all innocence; for no one do they care!

She nuzzles her dad’s face as on his knee
she’s sitting now - his sweet beloved daughter.
What menace lurks, from which she could not flee?
What evil lessons might one day be taught her?

She hugs her daddy’s chest; I watch and pray
she’ll live to hold a child her own one day.


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  1. Date: 1/22/2013 10:16:00 PM

    soup mail...

  1. Date: 1/16/2013 9:20:00 AM

    I adore this piece. The world is ever changing and never for the better it seems.

  1. Date: 1/16/2013 6:37:00 AM

    This is a lovely and touching poem

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 2:28:00 PM

    Hola Andrea my poet friend, stopping by to say hi and read your winning poem in the "" poetry soup VIGIL"'' contest by my sister Sidney... a nice and heartfelt poem to read. have yourself a good day. always & forever ~LINDA

  1. Date: 1/7/2013 10:12:00 AM

    An awesome write on this poem Andrea. The poor parents hearts are so broken. My heart goes out to them. love phyl Could not write a poem for I would be in tears thinking of this sad time.

  1. Date: 1/5/2013 12:15:00 AM

    This is beautiful and even though it's about a father & his daughter, I relate being a Mum to my one and only daughter, who I worry about constantly. These thoughts plague my mind every time she is not at my side. So many innocent Angels are taken away cruelly that I pray that my daughter will be one of the 'lucky ones' that will live to see her Great Grandchildren running around one day.

  1. Date: 12/29/2012 7:20:00 PM

    Andrea, wishing you the best to come, and , congrats with the warmness and compassion from your pen~SKAT

  1. Date: 12/28/2012 11:22:00 AM

    This one really draws you to the reality by seeing it from the perspective of a young child at he church... Perfectly well done!

  1. Date: 12/26/2012 6:05:00 PM

    This is absolutely beautiful. You penned it flawlessly. I'm going to fave this one.

  1. Date: 12/26/2012 1:12:00 PM

    Wow, another awesome poem Andrea. This is going among my favorites. Excellent work.

  1. Date: 12/25/2012 5:24:00 AM

    Reminds me a little of Longfellow's "The Children's Hour" Ever read that poem? I hope you and yous are well. I am off from work for a few more days. ESL teaching is nor easy but it is quite inteerestg - don't you think? Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 12/24/2012 9:29:00 AM

    Beautiful Andrea. MERRY CHRISTMAS! Our hearts watch closely, these little ones. Little daughters and little sons. In a world that has it's perils. We're filled with joy when they sing their carols.

  1. Date: 12/24/2012 7:42:00 AM

    My comment for your poem became a poem.

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 9:21:00 PM

    I just want to wish you a very merry Christmas my friend!

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 9:17:00 PM

    Love it, Andrea. Kids are so innocent. They sure don't know anything. I feel for these families and for those little kids that have gone through this. So sad.

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 5:43:00 PM

    Good luck in the contest...Reads like a winner to me..Enjoyed reading this eve..That was a terrible tragedy..Satan has a way of trying to destroy Christmas..Thanks for stopping by..Your presence at my work was uplifting..I have been busy with Christmas but my family's day is over now..Sara

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 4:21:00 PM

    this is lovely Andrea, yes and very sad,, ....

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 2:22:00 PM

    THis is a wow! poem. This poem is also so very sad. May you have a wonderful Christmas, Jancarl

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 1:14:00 PM

    Very sad what evil lies beyond the walls of innocence. This is a very special piece Andrea.

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 11:06:00 AM

    Andrea good tribute to an awful incident...Merry Christmas my friend ..have a peaceful time...David

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 11:05:00 AM

    Very nice, Andrea!

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 10:50:00 AM

    Hi, Andrea! Your new poem is so beautiful! An excellent dedication indeed! A winner for me. How, i wish I've enough time to write poem this time. Well, wishing you all the luck and all the best with your family expecially this coming Christmas and New Year! Good night now! I'll try to be back here tomorrow or on the 26th when other important activities are over. God bless you always. love and big sweet hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 9:53:00 AM

    I have two black cats indoors - one is a kitten, but I have five or six that come to eat on our front porch. Your poem fits any day and age, but especially this one. Lay some of the blame on the media - television and movies - they all stress sex. Timely write. More Merry Christmas to ya. Love, daver

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 9:36:00 AM

    A quick visit to your nice poem. - Wishing you a peaceful and happy Christmas! - / / Send you a big Christmas hug!! Anne-Lise :) - / /

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 8:13:00 AM

    great piece Andrei... Ingredients of sagacity... the child will someday grow to be called MAMA by her son or daughter. but that in itself is not certain... this Life! nicely penned... Love... Angel... Thanks for stopping by my poems.

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 2:09:00 AM

    nicely put together Andrea, since I was little, 6 - 7. I've always thought. Some spirits/angels come down to earth to die/ pass away still in their innocents , just so mankind can show/ have more empathy. I've read a few times,, we write up our own contracts on life . Before we come down .

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 1:57:00 AM

    So true and a great write.'Menace lurks' is perfect...a sure win, love this, good luck for the contest....Mehnaz

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 1:18:00 AM

    A well aimed piece here Andrea, the sickness That was at the root of this was pure evil.The Same thing happened at Dunblane in the U K The problem is an eternal one, it will never be Eradicated, but questions about how society values childhood should be asked.." (in fact the whole values of todays world )

  1. Date: 12/22/2012 11:52:00 PM

    Beautiful words Andrea ....Seren

  1. Date: 12/22/2012 11:45:00 PM

    Got a lump in my throat over this one Andrea, beautifully done, blessings, Carl

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