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    Kevin A.

    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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