Taken

Written by: Joyce Johnson

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.