Beanery Online Literary Magazine

April 20, 2008


—written by Fran

This poem was written by a young woman, Fran, in memory of her Aunt Kay and Kay’s six-month old daughter, Kate—who disappeared in Rhode Island in 1949 after a shopping trip. Authorities found the car (with the passenger door open), Kay’s purse and a baby blanket. No sign of the mother or child was ever found. Even today, Fran is left wondering if she has a cousin out there somewhere…

Do you walk the earth,
do you look like me?
Do you even know you’re
part of our family?

Have you known only pain
or has life treated you kind?
Did you know you were often
on your dad’s mind?

Did you know he never
left the state
Where he last saw your
small and lovely face?

Decades have passed
since you’ve been gone,
Your mom and you, together
but so wrong.

Fate took you both
from the family here;
We hope you know that
we still hold you dear.

How timely this submission was when it came to the Beanery Online Literary Magazine, since it shows the violence and cruelty imposed upon man by his/her fellow man has always existed.

This year there was a triple murder/assault plus one assault in Meriden, Conn. Although the situation in Fran’s poem and the tragic events in Connecticut are different, the tragedy, pathos and loss are similar
It tends to be a small world: the murder victims, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, and her children Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, were the child and granddaughters of the Rev. Dick and Marybelle Hawke. He was pastor at the Slippery Rock (PA) United Methodist Church for a short time after Monte and I moved there in 1969. He and Monte became colleagues after Monte changed careers to become a United Methodist pastor in 1985.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they travel this heartbreaking leg of their life journey. —Carolyn and the members of the Beanery Writers Group

To read another post on a child abuse situation that raises many questions, click on ANOTHER HORRIFYING HEADLINE


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