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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Parent (11/16/06)

TITLE: No One to Mourn
By Jan Ross


Deep in the ocean of poverty’s pain,
She cries from the depth of her heart.
Out on her own since her parents were slain,
Her whole world has fallen apart.

Lost with a far away look in her eyes,
The orphan’s resolve fades away,
Learning to hide and to silence her cries.
Will mankind each other betray?

Sleeping in shelters of cardboard at night;
Her bed but a rag on the ground.
No pillow cradles her head—it’s not right!
No address where she can be found.

Clinging to mem’ries of love’s sacred song.
The void in her heart grew so cold.
Where in this world does an orphan belong?
No vision of hope left to hold.

Frequently busses bring visitors by,
Who tell her how much they love God.
Standing with tears in their eyes, they will cry,
Then turn and walk off with a nod.

Where are the mothers who long for a child?
Are orphans too hard to take in?
Where are the hearts who will love, not defile—
Whose patience is slow to wear thin?

“We want a baby that’s perfect!” they moan.
“Abandoned kids cause too much pain!”
“Find us a newborn to raise as our own!”
“An orphan is public domain!”

Found in her shelter of cardboard one morn,
Another life wasted away.
No one will cry for her, no one will mourn;
No tears fall on her unmarked grave.

Agency services from coast to coast
Are desperate for parents who’ll say:
“Find for us children who need us the most!
A home for them—we’ll make a way!”

Mothers are needed to nurture and love,
To teach and to mentor and guide;
Showing the wisdom that comes from above,
Acceptance with arms open wide.

Fathers with strength have so much they can give,
Defending their children with pride.
Helping a child learn to grow and to live—
Examples of love undenied.

Sadly the world’s view of love is maligned;
Those needing it most held at bay.
Loving the innocent—they’re not declined!
Is this Christian love on display?

Children abandoned on streets, how perverse!
While homes remain empty—absurd!
Must they succumb to humanity’s curse?
Or will their cries by us be heard?

Food for Thought: In the United Sates alone, government statistics reveal there are well over 500,000 children living on the streets, abandoned and cast-away. In contrast, there is a seven to ten year waiting period for parents wanting to adopt a healthy white newborn.

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Lynda Schultz 11/23/06
I was sure you were describing some third-world country! Five hundred thousand in the US? Wow! You have skillfully portrayed a terrible truth and exposed a desperate need. Thank you for being such a good "voice" for those who have none.
Shanti Singh11/24/06
This was powerful and very sobering. Thanks for opening our eyes.
Helen Paynter11/27/06
Great message, well told. Sounds like a poem that needed to be written. Thanks for your prophetic voice.
Betty Castleberry11/27/06
Once again, you've written a beautiful poem. The message is important as well. Excellent.
william price11/27/06
Okay Jan. I'm finally on the right entry. I just gave you credit for jan's story. I loved this, especially read out loud. This might be your first entry in masters, but you've been writing at and above this level for as long as I've been a fan of yours. Excellent job!!! God bless.
Crystal Dueck11/27/06
!!!WoWoW!!! That was a heart rending poem. The saddest part is that it's true - it's really happening! Thanks for exposing the truth, may GOd speak to the hearts of mothers wanting to adopt children. God bless you. That was amazing.
Edy T Johnson 11/28/06
My heart is one with yours on the subject of this poem. It reminds me of "The Little Match Girl" story I wept over as a child.

You made a good choice, since poetry works, better than prose, I think, to convey the depth of anguish for the orphan child. I hope this receives a wide reading, so others can see.
Joanne Sher 11/28/06
This choked me up - so moving and strong and anxiety-causing. This is clearly masterfully written, dear friend - welcome to where you belong! This definitely needed to be written, and I am glad you accepted the assignment!
Jan Ackerson 11/28/06
Jan, you are rapidly becoming one of my very favorite FaithWriters. This is just so, so good. I had a picture in my head throughout, of this precious little girl who looked just like my own--under far different circumstances. So poignant!
Donna Haug11/29/06
So very true! God open our eyes to see the need right at our very doorstep!
Sara Harricharan 11/29/06
Beautiful. Heartfelt. Touching. Amazing job!
Lynda Lee Schab 11/29/06
A terribly sad message told in a poignant and creative way. Wonderfully written, heart-tugging and convicting. Well done.
Donna Powers 11/29/06
A big WOW! The poem itself was a work of art, but its message was both true and well expressed. An absolutely amazing piece!
Thanks for sharing this.
Suzanne R11/30/06
So sad..... I thought with the buses that this must have been an orphanage, but no? So very sadCand with a powerful message.