Hope gave you the strength
to keep on fighting,
then the detective calls,
it was to tell you of a false sighting,
when a ninety-three year old man
with failing eyesight claimed
to have seen the missing girl
walking in the rain,
wearing her yellow rain-coat
enter the park play-ground,
praying to be found,
the detective shrugged,
his own emotions, shattered and mugged,
as he only offered the old man
a simple nod, like deadpan,
the false sighting led nowhere,
the parents would continue living in fear,
fresh thoughts forced their way
to the surface that day,
those thoughts continued to repeat,
but there was nothing concrete.
© 2011 Frank Atanacio
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