We all try to reach so deep inside
over this, I pull my heart out and squeeze it dry
Ten years spent learning, playing and observing

The sheer fragility of this place we call a world

He woke that day with a subconscious certainty,
that tomorrow he would rise, and the sun would shine…
So unaware that a dark figure already had him slain
Only ten years, one month old


This darkened figure lay in wait
he watched as the child waved and rode off with a smile,
headed blissfully, toward his unknown fate
The sun was in full shine,
the wind blew light

The boy rode on,
no worries, no cares
peaceful, his heart pumping strong
when the van drove by, he didn’t take notice
why should he, a hundred others cars just went by


The van’s door made little noise,
the hooded man, well rehearsed
this wasn’t his first time

But the man’s eyes screamed danger
that even a ten year old boy could recognize
five seconds, thats all it took
no neighbors heard or so much as even looked

The bike lay on it’s side
One wheel still spins…
It had just become the final resting place
where undoubtedly, the boys spirit will forever reside


One punch, that’s all it took
to black out the boys mind
he’d now seen light for the very last time
One piece of tape,
insured that his mother would never again see his gentle face


What kind of man steals a boy
only ten years and one month old today
He wasn’t even given the chance,
to find his own way…….

All because, an evil man looked at a boy
and all he saw him as… was prey

Everyday, children around our country are stolen. This poem I dedicate to them. Every child who got robbed of his/her chance to survive.

-please read Roger Samson’s poem “evil vs good” and loramae’s poem: “New eyes”. They have great takes on a similar sadness.

- Download the song" Visions" by Hans Zimmer (off the Invincible, movie soundtrack) and listen to it while you read this poem..I was listening to it while I wrote it. – it brings a whole new level to it.


Matt Richardson

Joined March 2008

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