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The Sad Tragic Tale of Dennis Lloyd Martin

His parents' worst nightmare that left them disheartened is the sad tragic tale of Dennis Lloyd Martin On a family outing at Cades Cove park Dennis, his brother and some friends on a lark Playing hide and go seek as they always had well within sight of their grandpa and dad The father was watching them horsing around and he saw, that behind a bush, Dennis ducked down And that was the last he would ever be seen From the face of this Earth he had vanished so clean The father ran frantically to and fro to discover just where his young son might go But his disappearance is so sad and twisted it's as if little Dennis had never existed The horrors began in the midst of Spence Field with the little boy's whereabouts remaining concealed And so many clues were washed right down the drain with the horrible timing of a hard-driving rain But the searching commenced, stretching days into weeks every square inch was currycombed, valleys and peaks Some of the searchers were Green Berets but they went their own way, looking for days Later came word from a family named Key Their story bizarre, as you will soon see At Roan Creek they were hiking, that beautiful stream when they suddenly heard a bloodcurdling scream And they saw a man or a thing running wild toting a bundle, that might be a child And the time they had seen this was hours removed from when Dennis went missing, it would later be proved But their story was never once seriously taken Authorities dismissed them as likely mistaken Despite this large manhunt with hundreds involved this sad disappearance would never be solved It seems there were clues that were largely ignored and leads never followed, as if searchers got bored In the ensuing years since the search was conducted the parents believe that their boy was abducted By someone or something that lured him away and perhaps he was murdered that very same day Are there crazy people living out in the wild who wouldn't think twice about stealing a child? Who would imagine that something so dark could take place on a beautiful day in the park? What happened to Dennis may never be known It's dangerous out in the woodlands alone Well, only that child, and the unseen force that took him away knew what happened, of course It's been fifty long years since that terrible time for that family a day without reason or rhyme I warned you this story would only dishearten and thus ends the sad tale of Dennis Lloyd Martin 3/4/19

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Date: 5/14/2019 12:17:00 PM
I remember when this happened because my first child was a year old, and my grandfather was from East Tennessee. I think this poem is not only ingenious, but very touching. I applaud you Michael. Blessings, Susan, PS, another favorite.
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Michael Wise
Date: 7/13/2019 2:44:00 PM
Thank u so much Susan! :)
Date: 3/4/2019 6:34:00 PM
Like a good book, I couldn't put it down! Reads like a ballad.
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Michael Wise
Date: 3/4/2019 6:58:00 PM
Thank u Sunlite. I didn't know if I should post it in the ballad category or not, so I simply went with rhyme. But, I appreciate your feedback. This is a heartbreaking story, and true, sadly. :)
Date: 3/4/2019 5:07:00 PM
a tragic story, indeed, michael, but one which you have described so well! i was riveted until the very end and i love the use of rhyming couplets to tell the tale...
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Michael Wise
Date: 3/4/2019 5:17:00 PM
Many many thanks to you Ilene. This story touched my heart, and sadly there are so many others like it, although this one has some uniquely bizarre elements. But the tragedy aspect is all-too common. Thanks again! :)