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      Kevin A.Kevin A.
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      This poem looks at the issue of cyber bullying and the effect that it can have on young minds. This is the very real and current issue of cyber bullying that has affected individuals who hide behind threats of blackmail.

      When Wishes were made on a shooting star
      The Heavens looked down and smiled
      With sprinkles of stardust on a whisper of moonbeams
      They created for us a child

      Soothed you were by twinkling stars
      In a crib that faced a velvet sky
      Did Queen Cassiopeia sing you a sweet lullaby
      As she heard your cries from ever so high

      In the years that followed you blossomed
      Joy abounded at the Wondrous You
      A rare jewel that we could hardly believe was ours
      A beacon lighting a path so True

      We named you Vincent – Our shooting Star
      We felt with the artist you identified
      a gifted creativity – an affinity with stars
      Sharing a world of art personified

      The ‘Via Lactea’ expanded into names defined
      Elliptical galaxies pondered while star gazing
      Sirius the Dog Star the brightest of all
      Followed by Canopus and Arcturus – Amazing

      Vega – Alpha Lyrae – the Soaring Eagle
      You dragged us into your nightly game
      Willing participants we soared with Him
      Our mundane lives now never the same

      Tents were pitched on ink black nights
      Constellations on high seriously contemplated
      Of Draconis, Capricornus, Gemini and Aries
      The Heavenly hand that had so skilfully created

      You captured the Milky Way in oils and canvas
      In a fashion shared with artists of old
      Your palette made up of hues and shades
      With flaming strokes of colors so bold

      And then it all Changed

      Why did it all change? You drew within
      Shutting us out despite our pleas
      Your palette changed to blacks and greys
      A boat rocking on emotional seas

      We begged and pleaded – you shut the door
      Leaving us baffled at what was wrong
      Your light grew dimmer by the day
      Our sorrow sang its own woeful song

      And then on one starry starry night
      The final flame – extinguished by you
      Leaving utter devastation – bereft in its wake
      Your parents’ hearts broken in two

      Time heals all wounds so they say
      Your farewell note being read and reread
      Through tears of sadness, the hurt replaced
      With acceptance and forgiveness instead.

      And now as we sit years later on our porch
      Staring at one star that sparkles so Bright
      The words of Don McLean’s echoes in our minds
      Of Vincent and his Starry Starry Night

      ‘For they could not love you
      But still your love was true
      And when no hope was left in sight
      On that Starry Starry night
      You took your life
      Like sometimes lovers do

      But I could have told you Vincent
      This world was never meant
      For one as beautiful as you’

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