When A Child Is Lost

a poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, Denmark

When a child is lost,
lost to unknown circumstances,
lost to suspicion of persons
with evil intentions,
then to the eyes of the parents
the lights of sun, moon and stars
have ceased to shine,
the blooming flowers in October
lose their fragrance,
and food doesn’t taste
in the tongue.

When a child is lost,
then parents who plea
for their child’s return
move us to tears
because children are not
goods to be stolen
but priceless treasure
to be cared for.

When the child is lost,
we share the universal pain
of losing our beloved.
Let us pray that the human goodness
in the heart of the person
who stole the child prevail
and that the lost child
be found.
Written at the news of the disappearance of the abducted 5 year-old April Jones in Wales. An appeal to prayers.
October 3, 2012

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