A Moment Lost

Lonesome
With tears for eyes
And tattered rags for clothes
A silhouette of starvation
Stood she. 

You want
A warm caress
A cuddly teddy bear
Stars printed on a snug blanket
Don’t you? 

Poor waif! 
Empathy surged
I so wanted to help
I extended my hand to her
She smiled. 

Mamma! 
I want this doll! 
Yes of course, my darling! 
I turned away and left behind
Despair. 

Those eyes
Lovely yet blank
They haunt me to this day
A moment lost can only cause 
Regret. 

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