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it is night
by Randall Davis Barfield

Saturday, June 07, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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it is night            they arrive home
 
with his key he opens the front door
 
they put the groceries      on the dining table
 
near the kitchen      then he goes to the door
 
of a dark bedroom             to check
 
if the answering machine light is blinking
 
it isn’t          he is relieved            sometimes
 
no news is good news             every parent’s
 
nightmare: a blinking light on the machine
 
the panicky voice                of an offspring
 
announcing                 an accident
a tragedy                 too close for         oh,
 
please God              spare one more
 
of Your sheep                from such a horror
 
are his thoughts             a parent sheep:
 
me.    

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Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 6/8/2008
only a parent can know this emotion--well written
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 6/8/2008
Amen. I know this terror first hand. Awesome write. Liz
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 6/8/2008
It is scary when our children are out! You are right it is every parent's fear that they will get the call! My children are twenty seven and twenty three and I still find myself calling to make sure they are okay if I hear of an accident! I always thought my mom was a worry wort for doing the very same thing...now I'm making the calls, and she still calls each of her three when she hears of an accident where she thinks we might be...her oldest is 49 and I'm the baby at 44...Oh no! I guess I've turned into my mom...I couldn't imagine anyone I would rather be like...a great write my friend that describes what all parents have gone through, if they haven't they will! Powerful imagery...
Blessings,
Joyce B.

Reviewed by Jon Willey 6/8/2008
Randall, I recall when my children were younger, how I too agonized at the answering machine's blinking light. It ws a gut wrenching experience each time. Find your peace and relax. God watches too. JMW
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 6/8/2008
So many parents - and grandparents - will connect with this poem, Randall. Always that gray-thought that lingers in the mind...because of love and caring...a child forever remains 'their child'.
Blessings and Love ~~ Micke
Reviewed by John Leko 6/7/2008
...wonderfully you pen this gray area...of security and worry...and of all...faith.
very well written Randall...
John
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/7/2008
How true! Parents do have these thoughts
always in the back of the mind, well expressed!

ET
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