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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Enter (02/27/06)

TITLE: Never, Never Land
By Cathy Holsey
03/01/06


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Never, Never Land



I’ve nodded off to sleep again,
The days blurred into weeks.
My only child so weak from pain…
Reduced to skin and bone.

“The cancer’s back,” the doctor said,
A month or so ago.
“He’s fought so hard;
He’s done so well;
Wish I’d better news to tell.”

The nurses make their nightly rounds.
The door cracks just a bit.
“Checking on our little man,
Does he need a shot for pain?”

“He nodded off at one, I think.
Don’t wake him; let him sleep.
The pain came hard at suppertime.
Just hugged me tight and asked again,
‘Can you read me "Peter Pan"?’”


The well-worn book I’d opened,
And I began to read
Of pixie dust and Never Land,
Wendy, Hook and Peter Pan;
Lost Boys who never do grow old,
Fighting Injuns, so we’re told.
“Life in Never Never Land
Is what he wants right now.”

Never any tears,
Never, no more pain.
“I want to fly like Peter Pan
Off to Never Never Land.
A little pixie dust on me,
And I’ll be taking off to see
A land beyond the stars and pain.
Read 'Peter Pan' again.”


His favorite nurse is crying now.
“His vital signs are weak.
Your son may get his wish to fly
Before too very long.
His heart is weak; his body’s tired;
He’s barely holding on.”

She gives his hand a gentle squeeze.
He gives a little moan.
And then his eyes…they open wide.
I see that twinkle in his eye.

“The angels—they have pixie dust!
Oh Mom, I’m gonna fly!”
His arms reach out in childlike trust.
He laughs… “Hey, no more pain!
I’m off to Never Never Land,”
And the room grows quiet again.

I hold his curly head,
I kiss his cooling brow.
The angels, they had come and gone.
Michael’s flying now…
To a never, never land
With never, no more pain;
Beyond the stars with Jesus now,
Never to grow old.
Heaven’s hosts to welcome him,
A lost boy has found his home.

I reach again for "Peter Pan"
And scan its every page.
Tears fall down as I recall,
“Mommy, read again.
I want to fly like Peter Pan,
Off to Never Never Land.
A little pixie dust on me
And I’ll be taking off to see
A land beyond the stars and pain.
Read 'Peter Pan' again.”


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Marilyn Schnepp 03/07/06
A very moving and touching piece of prose. Well done.
Edy T Johnson 03/07/06
This breaks my heart. I am seeing all the pictures you paint with words and thinking you could share this with the world via a website such as: http://www.inspiringthots.net/movie/if-tomorrow.php
God bless you and your writing!
Rachel Rudd03/09/06
Wow...what a heartfelt-touching poem...well-written.
Karie Spiller03/10/06
What a beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Maxx .03/11/06
Beautiful, heartfelt, wonderfull read. This is a contender for sure. I want to fly like Peter Pan. Great!