Fishing on the Mekong
Deb Dalke
Never Again
Lynn Haller

Never again will you witness your son,
Laughing in the backyard on the lawn
Or see him carelessly shooting at a fawn,
Never again see him having childhood fun.

Never again see him playing in the sun,
Smiling as he imitates a pirate on
A ship while it passes an enemy swan.
Never again will you see what he has done.

Never again will you hold his hand in stores
Encouraging him when he’s bashful and shy
Or when he is scared of what he might find.

Never again will you witness him reading
Or preparing for bed talking the entire time.

Never will he leave your troubled mind.