TAKE A CHILD

Take a child, disturbed... Lost
Hold him close
For he is very frightened
And his fear is twice his size

Take a child, disturbed... Angry
Hold him tight
He has the right to his anger
The world has hit him hard
Again and again
Beat him into the ground
And battered his body
With fists of hell
Show him it's ok
To want to hit back

Take a child, disturbed...
Burning with madness
Hold him secure
Teach him to turn his hell
Outward... Not inward
To self-destruction

Take a child, disturbed... Protect him
Soothe his wounds
Caress his scars
Build on his tissue
That has been detroyed
Teach him
That good exists
And although he has
Three strikes against him
He's in... not out

Take a child, disturbed... Emotionally
Grow him straight
Although he's bent
Grow him tall
Although he's small
Pick him up when he falls
And make him try again

Take a child, disturbed...
And chart his course
He has the right to live
The right to dream
The right to achieve
The right to hate
The right to love

Take a child, disturbed...
In so many ways
Walk his hell with him
In his world of black
Show him what's right
Show him what's wrong
And in the depth of his night
Your gift to him
Is a patch of light

~ Terry Lynn Carter ~