Five Years Later

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Photos of missing children used to be posted on milk cartons.  I don’t think they do this now, in the age of the internet.

However, I wrote a poem about it many years ago:

The Missing Children

 

 

 

Their faces stare up

at me from the side

of cereal boxes,

from blue stamped

postcards.

Have you seen

this child?

And now the age-enhanced

replica of

their faces

five years later,

with longer bones,

a futile hope,

for we know that they are

part of the forest ground,

where their hair and nails grow

long alone.

Or they have gone

through the Pied Piper’s door

in some mountain,

living in bondage,

forgetting themselves.

 

 milk

 

 

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Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

5 thoughts on “Five Years Later

  1. This is the saddest thing. I guess with milk mostly being in plastic jugs, they have now resorted to newspapers. It breaks me heart every time I look at the date they were last seen…

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