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Black Ribbon
by Sandra Martyres
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  A little packet arrived
Tied with a black ribbon
An ominous sign it bore
The name and address
Was almost illegible
Yet the young girl
Accepted it happily
Assuming that it
Was a birthday gift
From her missing Dad

He had been gone
Mysteriously for
A very long time
And her Mom had
Not offered any
Kind of explanation
She just refused
To talk about him
Leaving the little
Child bewildered

Not waiting for her
Mother to return
She carefully untied
The black ribbon
Unwrapped the
Brown paper
To find a little
Black box and in it
Was a tiny locket
Pinned to an untidy note

But before she could
Open it there was
A knock on the door
The courier man
Completely shaken
Had returned
The box was not
Meant to be delivered
To her but handed over
Only to her Mother

The little girl refused
To return the box
She gripped it firmly
And screamed aloud
That it was a present
From her dear Dad
He had never
Forgotten her birthday
So it just had
To be for her

The Drama continued
Until her Mother
Returned home
And took the parcel
Now it was her turn
To cry out aloud
The locket contained
No picture, just a few
Drops of what looked
Like dried blood

The scribbled note read
“By the time this
Reaches you
I will be dead
Ensure that
Our little girl
Knows nothing
And remembers me
Always as her dear
And loving Daddy”
January 24 ,2010
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