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A Poem for the Children of Sandy Hook, Newtown, CT

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Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
When 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.

They were filled with such joy; they didn’t know what to say.
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
“This is heaven” declared a small boy. “We’re spending Christmas at God’s house”.

When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
But Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.

He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring,
Those children all flew into the arms of their King…

And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
One small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.
And as if He could read all the questions she had,
He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.

Then He looked down on earth, the world far below…
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe…
Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!

“May this country be delivered from the hands of fools”
“I’m taking back this nation. I’m taking back the schools!
“Then He and the children stood up without a sound.
“Come now my children let me show you around.

“Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran…
All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
In the midst of this darkness, “I am still the Light.”

~ by Cameo Smith

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11 Comments

    • Hi Christina,

      Thanks for stopping by. As soon as we find out we will add the author’s name. We have one unsubstantiated claim made so far; but we are trying to verify the claim first.

      Hope you will find the other poems and articles and pictures on RitW useful too.

      God Bless!!!

    • betsy says

      it was Cameo Smith she goes to my brother and sister in laws and my daughters church what a beautiful poem god bless her!!

    • I feel this poem echoes the sentiment of many, but only a chosen few could so eloquently put the thoughts of a grieving nation on paper as beautifully as this!! May God bless us all, and especially all our family in Newtown.

  1. How wonderful that a young lady could write such a beautiful poem, I truly believe that is what happened to them and they are in the loving arms of Jesus and heavan. Thank you for putting this up.

  2. Jeanne Ruh says

    having lost a child of my own at her young age of 17..I find some comfort in reading this beautiful poem. I have a very strong belief in Jesus’s way…He has His reasons. My daughter loves children…I do believe she is holding these precious children. Valerie has her purpose in heaven…

  3. What a beautiful and comforting poem. It is exactly the way I want to think of these children. Thank you.

  4. William smack says

    I heard someone ask why would God let something like this happen and He replied how can I help when “They” don’t want to let me in

  5. Our priest read this poem during his homily today and many shed tears; just beautiful.

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