My Poetic Path

My journey…shared in poems, prose and photos.

Amber Alert! This time a happy ending…


Over the past few days, people throughout Canada and particularly here in BC have been riveted to the unfolding story of the abduction of 3 year old Keenan Hebert. He had been taken from his Sparwood, BC home and incredibly returned there safely on Sunday September 11th, several days later. Click this Global TV news link to watch the short video for more details. I cried when I heard the news, I was so happy! I’m sure a lot of other people did too.

Keenan was one of the lucky ones. He was returned to his home, safe and unharmed. So many times in these cases, it is anything but a happy ending.

What really upsets me (and I see this again and again) is how careless some people are, when it comes to protecting their children from a tragedy like this happening. It can’t always be prevented, I realize that. Abductors are motivated predators and they are cunning in their pursuits. But at the same time, there is a lot that parents/guardians CAN do to ensure that an Amber Alert is never something that will be called for their own children.

Just yesterday in a large,local grocery store, I noted a young boy (4-5 years of age) trying to keep up with his distracted mother who was a half an aisle ahead of him, continuously. He was even calling to her over and over: “mom, wait for me, wait for me”. I wanted to take this woman and shake her, it made me so mad. Where was she when these TV reports about Keenan were being aired, again and again?

This is just one instance of many that I’ve noted in our small city of less than 10,000 people. Parents routinely letting their young children run ahead of them and sometimes behind the parents too, often not even within visual range. It’s incredible and it’s frightening to observe and think about too.

I hope that some of these “adults” did wise up after watching these reports about Keenan Hebert. Children need, deserve and rely on the protection of their parents.


This poem and photo also came to mind.

 I thought it was worthy of a re-post at this time.



Gone in the blink of an eye.

The empty swing, still swaying in the afternoon breeze.

Leaving only questions and despair.

As life fades to black.


Beware, the predators.

Waiting, seeking their innocent prey.

Silent, evil power.

Shrouded in the persona of non-descript and ordinary.

Seamlessly blending with the mundane of:

“just another day”.


A young life, cut short.

Precious sons and daughters.

Never to be replaced.

Toy soldier, standing guard.

Dolls, sitting on a shelf.

A film of dust, softens the lifeless features.


Constant reminders of unbearable loss.


Gone in 60 seconds.

As if a wisp of smoke.

Another troubled soul.

Rises up to join the sky.


Be wary, be diligent, be ever on guard.


May this loss.

Never be yours.


“Vanished” © 2008 Geraldine H. Hartman

Link to the original post with comments and photo credit.


Author: Geraldine

I am a freelance writer, poet, artisan, avid book/product reviewer and award-winning cookbook author. I recently published the second volume of my new vegetarian cookbook series: The Groovy Green Kitchen (Volume 2): Simply, Super, Supper Soups and my inspirational, pro-active and fun book/eBook, all about aging well: Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well. I am also the author of: The Groovy Green Kitchen (Volume 1): Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker. Third Chapter, Second Chance (a mid-life romance). Not Just for Vegetarians: Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way and the poetry collections: Haiku Reflections: The Four Seasons (Volumes I, II and III) and My Poetic Path. These titles are available at all the Amazon sites. When I'm not writing or creating new recipes, I love to knit and crochet; usually with some "help" from feline friend, the yarn-loving Mr. Cheddar! 🐱 With Blogger, I also host my new author's site: Geraldine Helen Hartman and my product review blog: My Real Life Reviews. I hope you will visit often and enjoy all of my sites.😂 Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing You a Happy Week and Namaste!

8 thoughts on “Amber Alert! This time a happy ending…

  1. Your poem is awesome! So incredibly strong and emotional. This was the perfect time to repost it with what was going on in your town. When I go with my grand girls I am obsessive about watching them…Along with their mom.

  2. I was so happy, as well, to hear the news that Keenan was returned safely home.
    This is a strong poem, Ger.
    Your concern and passion for protecting the youngest, most vulnerable comes through.
    I have always been extremely protective of my son, nieces, and the small children in my care, as well – they are a precious treasure.

  3. I’ve seen this happening too. Children left to fend for themselves. They not only could be abducted, they could also be injured or worse. These parents need a wake up call.

    The poem is so chilling. Very well expressed. Makes you think.

  4. I cried when I read your poem. I cannot imagine the panic and fear that must assail a parent when their child is taken. Thank goodness that little boy was OK. I hardly let my son go out on his own now and he’s 15. One of the girls from his school was pulled into a car while she was walking home from school last year. She got away but she could have been raped or killed. There are so many bad people out there. We have to be so vigilant these days.

  5. Hi Teri, It is a powerful poem, I agree. When I re-read it, I am moved by the words too. I hope it helps to keep children safe. If just one page read equates into a parent or guardian being more careful than perhaps they may have been, I will be grateful. I’m sure you and your daughter keep a careful watch on your lovely gran-girls. Lots of good people in the world but a lot of crazies too.

    Hi Brenda, I think the whole country breathed a sigh of relief. Thank goodness this was the outcome for that little boy. He was one of the lucky ones.

    Hi Joe, We sure get an eye-full here don’t we? What’s with these parents? It makes me so mad.

    Hi Sel, Oh that’s a terrible story about the girl from your son’s school but at least she was able to get away. Another thing that makes me cringe is people posting a lot of personal info about their children online. School info… these predators read the web, it’s not safe to be too public when it comes to children. Wake up time! We certainly do have to be vigilant.

    Thanks for your thoughtful comments, G

  6. yes it’s so rare and therefore very precious that a child is returned unharmed (I hope)…and I’ve seen this over and over again…how unaware some parents are, I remember one morning in oct many years ago finding this toddler in the street in a little gown just walking around….and there were people waiting for the bus (as I was suppose to ’cause my car broke down)…but I went to the little girl and I asked if her feet were cold and she said yes and I asked if I could take her in my arms until we found her mommy, she said yes… and I continued walking asking people on the way when finally a woman acknowledge, she knew her and that htis happened before and she knew where she lived and she’d bring her back home, why didn’t she go to her in the first place, I was a stranger…I told the woman to tell the the mom that if ever I see that child outside alone undressed Iwould call the pollice ….there must have been at least 5 people in that bus depot and no one went to her? ah man it hurts to see

  7. and yes I loved your poem, gave me shivers….and such sorrow for those children

  8. Ger,
    I see this carelessness on the beach all the time. Children are in the water, but their parents are yards away sipping coffee and barely watching. We take our children for granted, to be sure. Thanks for this story.

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