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Abuse in the News

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Abuse in the News

We haven’t heard their entire story yet
But our emotions are shocked and inflamed. 
He took the very best years of their lives.
Their carefree youth can never be reclaimed.

That he can bear to touch his putrid flesh
Or look at his own evil mirrored face
Is beyond coherent understanding.
He simply can’t be of the human race.

I wonder what the parents are thinking
Whose young children were entrusted to him.
They’d been driven  to school by a monster.
It’s like a terror tale written by Grimm.

He left mothers and fathers  in limbo,
Knowing not if precious daughters were dead.
I am glad they did not know the horror
Their lost loved ones were enduring instead.




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  1. Date: 5/15/2013 8:16:00 AM
    When people is injured to death by monsters hitting blindly everybody we are astonished. Worse if children or very young people die. Words are missing for these tragedies. Joyce was able to write this poem rich of sensibility expressing the horror of any civil being

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 5:39:00 AM
    So very true Joyce and well written. Betty

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 4:57:00 PM
    well said! there are certainly some very sick people in this world and it boggles the mind when we hear about them...

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 9:42:00 AM
    joyce, is this the guy who kidnapped the three girls and kept them for many years? Or is it another guy? I am not sure if he was a bus driver, the one I heard about. The current story in the news involves a Utah girl that ended up having the baby of her abuser and she was finally found and saved from his miserable hands. Along with the other two women. I need to learn more about the story. Anyway, Good poem!