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In Memory of Lisa Steinberg, A Tragic Victim of Child Abuse

Updated on September 19, 2015

A Tribute to A Beautiful Child

This lens is dedicated to the memory of Lisa Steinberg, a beautiful child, who tragically died from abuse at the age of six. She's had a lasting impact on me and many others who were so profoundly touched by the tragic circumstances of her life and death. The memory of her radiant spirit will always live on in my heart.

A Poem Dedicated to the Memory of Lisa Steinberg

The Phantom

They say you can hear her sweet song
that only the purest of heart can sing...
from a place found in a paradise above
for children whose lives were so deprived of love.

I still see her on the playground;
a faint echo of laughter is heard...
I turn to see a fleeting figure fade.
In a deserted school yard where a bell rings,
I now see only a shadow on an empty swing.

Down a desolate street
I always hear a plaintive call;
in front of a window I see,
a reflection of a tear-stained face...
it's as if time stands still in this single space.

I try to grasp the delicate image of this child
but like a fragile flower growing wild
in fierce wind, it falls to pieces...
I walk away with a futile apology
for what can never be.

-Marie Lawrence

A Tribute to the Victims of Child Abuse

A Tragic Loss for Us All

Every Child is So Special

The death of every child is a great loss for humanity. Every individual has the potential to touch others' lives in a most significant way and enrich our world with their unique talents and gifts. We as parents, teachers, and just caring people can make such a difference in a child's life to save them from the heartache of abuse or neglect and hear their cries for help.


We Must See More with Our Senses and Act More with Our Hearts

The Flowers in the Earth's Garden Are Our Children

The Garden

One day as I was walking,
I came across a garden.
Long I stood there to gaze...
every flower seemed perfect
and worthy of praise.
Bold in color, refined in its symmetry...
how difficult a task to select from these
the one that would the most please,
as somehow their beauty was uniform.

But I stopped and beheld one in particular-
a little flower-
that first looked quite ordinary, unspectacular
compared to the rest;
yet with fragile beauty
it somehow beguiled...
I stood there for quite awhile.

As the sun's rays gently fell down on its petals,
it stood out among all the rest
with a singularity...
a flower that many would have ignored-
that might not have passed the critic's test
but none the less a beauty it did suggest...

And upon closer look
its true nature could be seen...
a rare design would suddenly unfold;
in its petals,
with all their subtle folds,
a soft palette of pastels
one could behold.

To the impatient, undiscerning eye,
it would have been dismissed
and lack of perception
so confirming its imperfection;
unattended to would have wilted
or treated as a weed
for those more salient qualities
in their criteria which it could not meet...

And in a wasteland tossed
its virtue lie in vain,
a beauty never to be seen again
as it slowly dies...
its uniqueness forever lost.

-Marie Lawrence

Please Report Child Abuse or Neglect

Our Actions Can Save Lives

Lisa's tragic death was preventable. City social workers, police and even a teacher who had seen the evidence of abuse on Lisa's body failed to take these signs seriously and take the appropriate action to ensure that this child was placed in a safe environment. Sadly, a sort of veil of indifference helped bring this tragedy to it's final conclusion. Lisa and so many other children could have been saved if only someone had taken the necessary action to help her.

If you need help or you are concerned about a child you suspect is being abused or neglected please call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) then push 1 to talk to a counselor. Remember don't wait to report child abuse. Report it immediately. Make sure that your complaint is followed up by local police, child protective services, or those responsible for getting the child out of harm's way. You can save a child's life.

The Hotline counselors are available 365 days a year to help kids, and even adults who are concerned about kids they suspect are being abused or neglected. You can call this number if you live in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Remember: Trust your judgment. Don't keep it to yourself - do something if you are worried about a child.

Parenting With Love - How We Can Raise Our children Without Hurting Them

If we want to raise children who feel good about themselves so that they can lead productive and happy lives and care about others, we must be loving and nurturing parents who know how to discipline our children without hurting them either physically or emotionally.

A Call To Our Greater Humanity

Never Before Has My Life Had Greater Purpose Than Today

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

- John Donne


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    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      As a teacher, I saw so much neglect and abuse and reported it each time I even suspected it. No reason, ever, to treat our precious children as objects to abuse and disrespect...

      Each time I read of a child who has died under such circumstances I feel we have failed as a society by turning a blind eye to horror that no doubt happens with too much frequency.

      Your poems are poignantly written and cry out for us to hear and try to make a difference.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

    • ladyguitarpicker profile image

      stella vadakin 

      3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Thank you for this hub, it needed to be written. I knew of Susie Worthington, in the late 1960's and how the mother boiled her in the bathtub while the father watched his T.V. It makes me sick, keep writing.

    • SolveMyMaze profile image


      3 years ago

      What a tragic incident. I had never heard about this case (it was before my time) until I came across this Hub. When it comes to queries about the safety of a child, there should be no hesitation in contacting the authorities.

      We all have a responsibiilty to make sure that children are safe, they're the future so we should be nurturing them and protecting them at every turn. To not do so makes us just as guilty as the abusers themselves.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very touching hub Marie. It is sad that these things happen. Children need to be protected and we need to spread awareness. Great poetry. Voted up.


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