|Reviewed by Jeff Howe
|Very expressive, not only in your word choice, but in your topic choice as well. As I try to imagine such things happening to my kids, I realize I can never know (thankfully) the actual agony of the victim(s) and their loved ones. Good job. Jeff|
|Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow
|This just breaks the heart, Joyce. I am so behind in my reading but I do hope this has been resolved with a good outcome.
|Reviewed by Chrissy McVay
|Such horrid things parents sometimes do to each other, and their children. I lived a few houses down from Lisa Bianco when she was murdered by her ex-husband when he conned an 8 hour pass from the Indiana prison he was in and bashed her head in with an empty rifle in front of a neighbor's door. I felt helpless when the police arrived and I heard what had happened just a few doors over. I often think of her two children and how hard it has been for them to deal with losing their mother to death, and their selfish father to jail. It's good to write about these things. It shows people do care.
|Reviewed by Sandie Angel
|This was very heartfelt, Joyce! I hope their father will return the children soon. We will continue to pray!!!
Sandie May Angel :o(
|Reviewed by William Bonilla
|most beautiful write Joce
thanks for sharing
Love & Peace
|Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)
|Reviewed by Daring Sunshine
|Children are the ones who suffer the most; those memories never go away but Thank God you are there for him, if only for your a while! May God bless this son, his family, and all that is involved to have a wonderful happy ending.I'll be praying...
|Reviewed by Morning Star
|I'm truly amazed of your beautiful and kind and caring
Heart and how truly outstanding teacher you are
my Prayers goes out to you and this wonderful young man
And I hope everything turns out OK for him soon
A most sad and heart breaking write!!
Love And Peace To You Always..Morning Star
|Reviewed by Kate Burnside
|Wretched, wretched... How the children suffer, whether they are those taken or left to remain. You bring us such sobering tales from the classroom, Joyce... It is a wonder you are able to perform your primary role as teacher at all... On the other hand, what an absolute GODSEND you are to be the major support and carer of such vulnerable ones when and where they need it most. May the Lord sustain you and bring resolution and justice to all of your precious charges. Another heart-breaking write. Know that we stand with you. Bless you, Kate xx|
|Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader)
|"If only for A While' brought back lots of bad memories for me Joyce. I wish I had a caring teacher like you when I was growing up.
There are too many selfish parents in the world. Blessed are those children that come in contact with people like you. You have the heart of a Christian, Thank you for sharing this poem. God Bless, Holly
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
|It would have been wonderful to have a teacher like you growing up.
This is a lovely poem.
|Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson
|how we hurt all around us for our own
mt prayers goes out to you and this young man
so sad us adults.....
|Reviewed by Linda Hill
This touched my heart deeply. Thank God he has a caring, compassionate teacher such as you to help him through this awful ordeal. God bless you and this child and may his brothers come home safe.
Blessings and Love,
|Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten
|This makes me cry...I can't even imagine how hard this is to have this happening so close to your heart...
To read about such an occurence is one thing, to SEE the repercussions is totally something else...The poor little guy... Tell him to prepare a special homecoming...write it out in a Welcome Home card project of sort or pictures painted...get him to express it out somehow...maybe the whole class could encourage him with their small words...in a journal prepared just for him and one for the brothers...? children understand children...just an idea???
Love and Peace~
I will KEEP praying...
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|Joyce, you write with such compassion, and beautifully heart felt. I pray for the boy, and the situation to be resolved soon!|
|Reviewed by Fannie Hudson
Once again you have found a spot deep inside that needs healing and have touched it. I pray this little boy is safe, and knows that you love him and care about what happens to him. I bless you for caring enough to share this meaningful poem with us all.
Blessing my friend,
Fannie Minson Hudson
|Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath
|Oh Joyce my heart pains for him also...have not forgotten since you mentioned it earlier...inferiating, utterly inferiating..
I wrote earlier about such, but later decided to remove it...just too, too painful I think. However, thank you again for sharing this.
Surely pray that restoration, and healing comes asap. Thank you friend, and also I thank God that He has appointed you as an earthly angel for these children.
Take care dear,
|Reviewed by Taylor Ryan
|Such a wrenching situation and well captured as your emotions extend to protect the child. I am reminded of a situation in reverse where a child was sufering so at the hand of one parent, the other was forced to devise a harrowing scheme to kidnap the child to safety. It's frotunate that in the case of the boy in your claaassroom, he had many caaring adults to guide and love him through it all.
|Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia
|God bless you, Joyce...and God bless the child.
Stories like these are the reasons God says He hates divorce; because He created the Family, and evil tears it apart! The children are ALWAYS the victims. May they be returned safely and wholly - and soon! And in the meantime, praise the LORD, he has a caring, loving teacher like you to soothe him.
In our hearts and prayers..
Love always, Rhonda
|Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader)
|I can feel the very depths of the hurting here.
My son disappeared twenty years ago, and I still jump when the
phone rings late at night...
Fine writing, Joyce!
|Reviewed by Linda Wells
|I hope we hear some news of these little boys this coming week Joyce. It seems like they have been gone for so long now. I pray that father has taken good care of them and they are safe. I am so gratful that you posted these poems in such beautiful words and in such a profound way and with such conviction, you have done more than a lot of people could ever do. With your words, you brought these boys to our attention, and through your love for them, we are all so concerned and praying so hard for them. Thank you Joyce Bowling, for being such a wonderful writer and most of all for being such a wonderful, caring person! You are truly a messenger of God!
Blessings to you and your family,
|Reviewed by Butch Howard
|This is truly heartbreaking and a situation that seems to be happening with alarming escalation these days. Thank you Joyce, for being there for this child whose heart has been broken and for writing your heart in this poem.
|Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G
|I thought I read this before Joyce~ then I Looked down and said, Nope, no comment from me~ Wow! This is intense! you seem to have the children around you, as I have on my bus. YOUR there and I'm HERE! and it's happenig everywhere! ; ( SAD to Say! If their is SChools that allow speakers to speak out during some big school get together, I wonder if that would matter and make a jolt to some parents, who really -SAY- they want kids/children/Angels! Sorry- I'm ranting, but, I see and hear this and I feel like you, for these hurting children!
I also see who parents don't give consequences too, when they do wrong. Is making this World hard to live in! In a comfortable way! WE All Must Pray!
Great Powerful Write my friend~
Straight from your heart, from the mouth of babes, who touched you deeply!
My thoughts I am sending his way for Wisdom, for those around him! and a PEACE to your heart Joyce~
YOur loving caring warm OPEN heart!
WArmly, WArrior Sheeeoox
Have a Better WEEK ahead~
|Reviewed by Richard Orey
|A selfish act of the father begetting only misery and heartache!
This is not the first time you have versed us on the tragedies you see in your classroom, Joyce. Perhaps it's because you have to deal with particularly violent and antisocial parents. But I think the reality is that you are a wonderfully sensitive, feeling, compassionate woman. The world would be so much better if you were in everybody's classroom.
Thank you for sharing this story with us. The little boy and his entire family will be in all our prayers.
|Reviewed by jude forese
|hopefully, one day he'll be reunited with his siblings ... heartfelt write ...|
|Reviewed by Jeanette Foresta
|So heart-breaking this world is. ;(|
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|A glimmer of encouragement…a small spark in his eyes…
And for him, what you're providing now means a very great deal.
Teachers are very compassionate, encouraging people - and needed more today than ever it seems, in this very sad and troubled world of ours.
|Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
|Oh Joyce, how very sad for the little boy. I keep him in my prayers for the safe return of his younger brothers. Hope he is getting the help he needs to understand.
|Reviewed by J M
|I had a time when I was the mother of two small children missing their siblings three 1,3,4, Girls all taken by ex- But he learned that day God is the finale say so. The Girls were missing In California. I prayed, many prayed, the pieces, expenses, time frame work for the trip all came together, and Valentines Day 1985 I arrived in California. He spoke, to the Pastor before leaving the man will be asleep when the Lord Visits. I drove right up to that house and no problems WHOA-. Then I heard my three little girls voices I knocked and my ex sister n law tried to hold door shut but something stronger than me forced it open I believe the Lord or the Angel of the Lord. They ran crying into my arms they were told that I was dead. The baby 1 year old was bruised all over. I walked right out to the street and they all were in the care perfect he came running half dressed and trying to dress HE HAD BEEN SLEEPING.
I believe if we call on the Lord he never allows the little ones to be missing it is when we do not go to our Greater Keeper. I pray for this little boy and his mother and for a safe arrival of those siblings back home safe with their family. I also pray you can have peace to and be there for this small boy. I also pray he sleeps within the Lord Gods arm till he is comforted once more.
Bless you and thank you for being a compassionate and Christian personage in these small children’s lives.
|Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
|A heart felt poem Joyce..My sympathy goes out to the boy and his mother. I pray his siblings will be safely returned. .....M|
|Reviewed by K. Mulroney
|You have such a great heart Joyce. It must be a wonderful thing to see you everyday. Your love for ANYONE sometimes just over whelms me in your poetry.|
|Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
|Must admitt when my ex ran off with my son a group called Families need fathers told me to do just this, and they would hide me for six months then go to court...
I could never have agreed, I love my child and have his interests at heart, now 7 years since she let me see him....
|Reviewed by Joyce Rapier
|Oh, my! Wouldn't it be wonderful if all the little children in the world could have peace of mind, perfect love and tender understanding. I hope and pray this wee one will will soon be reunited with his siblings. It's so hard to understand why a child must suffer by the hands of any parent but alas, it happens so often. Please let him know other people are thinking and praying for him. Your poem, Joyce, touched my heart in more ways than one as we didn't lose a child but a grandchild...forever. Hugs to you for telling us about him in poem.|
|Reviewed by d. krusky
|Joyce, this poem was wonderfully written. No only does one feel the sadness of the losses in the young lad's life, but one also feels your compassion for such a terrible tragedy. My prayers will be will you all.
|Reviewed by H. Lena Jones
|Shame on the father for this selfish act. I can imagine the pain the little boy feels, missing his brothers and not being able to see them. I hope the father gets his come-uppance soon, and the boys are reunited as they should. In the meantime, the little lad will be in my prayers. Your act of love and compassion will register well in his little mind.
|Reviewed by Karen Cino
|This boy little boy. My heart goe out for him. I will say a prayer for him and his brothers. Please keep us informed.
|Reviewed by Sharon Jordan
What a sad situation for this little boy. Please know that he is in my thoughts and prayers. And please keep us updated as to what happens with him and his brothers.
|Reviewed by Laura Mayer
|This is so so sad! What an atrocity to happen to this family. But God has sent his angel to this family, YOU. Stay strong for that little boy needs you Joyce.
Love and hugs, Laura
|Reviewed by Susan Sonnen (Reader)
|Oh, Joyce! Thank goodness he has a caring teacher at school to help him make it through the days. I'm praying.|
|Reviewed by Rusty Daily
|At least Joyce, he has your compassion for him and a wonderful opportunity to help him. In a way, he is blessed for that.
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Oh this ripped my heart out!!
Hope the little one wil be happy soon!!
|Reviewed by Sue Hess
|if we can bring one spark of hope into a child's eyes, our lifes have not been in vain. great poem|
|Reviewed by Georg Mateos
|Your poem gave a aching voice a human voice to the absentee, which in other ways would have been relegated to a blurry picture on a milk carton box.
The poem says about one who cares.
|Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper
|"If Only For A While" is beautifully told, but so sad. Sometimes I've often thought that teachers have the most poignant feelings of anyone else because they see so many things touching the lives of their young students. I bet you are a wonderful teacher, Joyce. Blessings to you.|
|Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader)
|Oh my, how awful...Hugsssssssssss|
|Reviewed by Michael Mathieu
|Such a sad write especially for one so young,I can't imagine what he's going through being so young,Touching and hearbreaking,
|Reviewed by A PAX
|Oh the poor baby
hopefully the police will rectify the situation and he will be reunited with his siblings, His poor mom, what agony
thankfully he has you during the day to give moral support, he needs regularity and kindness ..........
such a shame, heartbreaking