I watched and I listened
As the words flowed
out of their mouths.
Their pain gripped my heart
like a vise.
So young, so innocent,
yet, so burdened
By life
and the hand it has dealt them.
I try to fight back the tears,
but, ~~~ NO!
I must shed these tears for them!
Their very survival depends on knowing
that someone truly cares about them.
Dear God in Heaven,
Wrap Your loving arms around them
So they will know
How much You love them!
Let them know that You
are only a prayer away!

(I wrote this many years ago, one while in a coffee shop, listening to a high school literary club read their writings. It was incredible ~ a night I will never forget!)