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Someone cried today, it was the birth of a baby boy
The tears they cried were not of sadness but they flowed because of joy
New life, excitement and untapped potential abound
In a few short months little feet hit the ground
Someone cried today

A few years pass, now it is off to the first day of school; someone cried today
He looks so small and helpless so to his room I will show him the way
So many concerns for him I have floating in my mind
One of my most difficult tasks to date is leaving him behind
Someone cried today

School is going well, should have had the faith to know that it would
He is growing and socializing with others as he plays in the neighborhood
Time passes so fast-to fast, and now my boy is in middle school
I notice a change I do not like but convince myself he is just being cool
Someone cried today

More concern more change now that he is in high school Ė I feel I donít even know him
His behavior is bad, his grades are a mess, and for him things are looking grim
Then it came, Iíll never forget that horrible day Ėthe day someone cried
The officer came to my job to inform me that my son had died
Someone cried today

Time has passed since that terrible tearful day
I so often question why my son was taken away
Drugs filled his young body, stole his soul, and an addict he had become
In the final hour his heart had exploded, to cocaine he did succumb
Someone cried today

I saw the changes, little by little but wrote them off too quick
Justified it as adolescence and being cool; too busy to probe it just didnít click

I let it go too far and the end result was that it killed the boy who I did adore
Too late now, my son is gone I should have talked to him sooner and listened to him more
Someone cried today

 © Kent Fletcher
January 2013


Kent Fletcher retired as Deputy Chief of the Durham NC Police Dept.  He served with that department for 301/2 years.  He is a graduate of the 162nd session of the FBI National Academy and has an AA and BS degree in Justice Administration from Guilford College.  Writing short stories and poetry has become a part-time hobby.  He can be reached at hkfletcher@nc.rr.com

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