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THE CHILDREN
by Debra L. McKeen Sparks
01/16/04
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The children cry
Daddy, come back
We don’t understand
We will be good
We are sorry
Daddies do not leave
Ever
Sobbing

Slithering Snake Hisses

Take care of ‘sissy’ son
Daddy is going to leave
Mommy will stay
I will come soon
To visit
I love you
Yes, Daddies do leave
Sometimes

Slithering Snake Hisses

Four and Six
Faces plastered to glass
Black eyes stare
Tears fall
Don’t go
Daddies come back
They have to
Weeping

Slithering Snake Hisses

Hearts broken
Nightmares; terrors
Mama told them
Daddy would come back
Oh Daddy, come home
We are afraid
And Alone
Mercy

Slithering Snake Hisses

Buck up Children
Daddy’s moved on
We are going to have
A baby child
She will be small
She will be your cousin
And also your baby-sister
I love you

Slithering Snake Hisses

Selfishness tears
Rips apart little hearts
Mama weeps
How could she
Her sister
Her husband
God bless
The Child
Grieving

Slithering Snake Hisses

Daddy’s moved on
He lives far away
Thousands of miles
Baby is coming
Nearly any day
Mama still cries
We are big
Sadness

Slithering Snake Hisses

Baby is born
Pink and Fresh
She doesn’t breath
She’s already
In heaven
New Mama cries
Take me home
Daddy moves on
Not okay

Slithering Snake Hisses

What have I done?
I want my children
New Mama
I gotta go
You must move on
Daddy travels
Children wait
More

Angels Sing

Daddy goes home
Come Mama, come Children
Come miles with me
We will joy, we will play
We will make
All things new
Children sing
Mama dances
Daddy wonders

Slithering Snake Hisses

New mama goes home
Thousands of miles
Empty arms
Empty heart
Didn’t mean it to end
Not like this
Baby girl’s dead
Lamentation

Slithering Snake Hisses

New home, new schools
New life
Or is it
Daddy wonders
Unresolved wounds
Hard hearts
Daddy leaves
Children cry
Again

Slithering Snake Hisses

New Mama sings
Daddy calls her back
She comes flying
Home to open arms
Daddy’s moved on
Again
Children detach
It’s okay

Slithering Snake Hisses

He’ll be back
Mama knows it
Sister’s wrong
He loves his family
How could she?
Is she a harlot?
He belongs to
Another
It’s okay

Slithering Snake Hisses

Life wasting out
Every pore sobbing
Daddy is lost
Can’t find the way
Children fuss
Auntie tries
Mama Mourns
Family dies
God weeps

Hissing Snake Slithers

Hater Dances
Family Shatters - Ruptures
Bleeding
Pouring
Withering
Daddy devastated
Children crying
Two Mamas’
Grieving

Hissing Snake Slithers

Mama and Children
Travel far again
Thousands of miles
A new life
A new school
All will be well
Auntie leaves
Daddy watches
Weeping

Hissing Snake Slithers

Daddy screams
Devils come near
Shrieking
I can’t hear!
My heart!
It is gone!
Oh God –
Oh my God!

Hissing Snake Slithers

Daddy’s heart breaks open
Gushing Streams
Legs Give Way
Bleeding Knees
Oh Jesus!
Come to this place
Healing
Oh, I cry Holy
Holy, Holy
Is the Lord

Angels Sing
Hissing Snake Withers

Aloft on Angels Wings
Daddy’s heart
Broken and Bleeding
Broken – oh so broken
Hands come forth
Out of the blood
Dripping Crimson
Healing…..
Hope
Jesus holds the heart
New flesh
Mended

Daddy’s breast opens
Heart beats forth new life…
Oh, Hope --- Come Hope
Come Healing – Come Strength Renewed
Come……..

Children listen
Beating wings
Peace floods
Hope comes feathering
Through vacant air
Through pain
Through loss
Through fractures
Water flows…
Life breaths, Healing comes
Children reach out
Children reach up
Oh Daddy, Oh Jesus
Hallelujah!

Golden prays
“Jesus, please
Come and make whole
Come". . .



"But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings" Malachi 4:2

"I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him." Isaiah 57:18-19

" If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, . . . I am the LORD that healeth thee." Exodus 15:26

"He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions." Psalms 107:20, KJV

Jeremiah 30;17; Hosea 6:1; Hosea 14:4; Hebrews 12:12-13; 1 Peter 2:24



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Robert Barra 21 Jan 2004
I have to agree with the comment above. The end of the poem reminds me of the verse Malachi 4:6.
Frederick Kwesi Great Agboletey 19 Jan 2004
It is not often that one reads a poem that keeps the hair on your arms raised, your poem did just that. A powerful symbolic imagery of the grace and the impositions of the great fall played out within the fundamental human group; the family. An impressive piece indeed.




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