The Departing Child (poem in honor of the Sandy Hook Children)

Posted on 20 December 2012 by mdepeine

Many have been horrified and grieved by what occurred on Friday, December 14, 2012. There has been many commentaries and thoughts on the topic. More has to be done to prevent these kind of crimes against children.

As a teacher, I thought I would write a short poem to honor the 20 children who lost their lives on that very sad day! The poem is called, The Departing Child. It is an attempt to capture what may have gone through the mind of these children during their last day on earth. It is a sad poem, but I thought it was worth exploring that side of things, their possible “last thoughts.”

The Departing Child (by Mario Depeine, Sr.)

Copyright © 2012 Mario Depeine, Sr.

Today, I kissed mom, dad goodbye for the last time. 

Today was the last time…

I teased my sister but shared with my brother!

Today, I kissed mom, dad goodbye for the last time.

I ran to my teacher and recited a rhyme.

I peeked in my bag…I saw I had lunch.

I had my crackers…the ones I can crunch!

It’s so safe in school; we clown, we learn, even act a fool!

Today, I kissed mom, dad goodbye for the last time.

The teachers are nice; they help you along.

They teach you great songs…remind you to be nice…and just get along.

Today, I kissed mom, dad goodbye for the last time.

It’s so loud that sound, some screams I could hear.

My faith has been shaken…My friends have been taken.

The noise seems louder; the screams are much nearer.

I cry for my mommy, I cry for my daddy!

Today, I kissed mom, dad goodbye for the last time.

My friends…they’re all bloody.

My blood leaves my body.

Breathing seems harder, the screams? They seem farther.

But God…I see you.  Your love pulls me through.

You pick me up, so I fear no more…as I reach Heaven’s door.

Today, I kissed mom, dad goodbye for the last time. 

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