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God's Littlest Angels - In Memory of Josh & Ashley (new)
by Donna Maris

Sunday, March 28, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.
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My Tribute to these children...Photo courtesy of Linda Hill, who also provides the summary.

Brief summary of Ashley and Josh:
On November 22,2002, Josh and Ashley Gleeson were reported missing. Ashley was 6 and Josh only 3. They were found in the Des Plains River in Illinois both shot by their father Patrick Gleeson who had kidnapped them.

In Memory of Josh and Ashley

Two little tots
Whose smiling faces
Now supports and surrounds
God's loving graces;
Never would I have thought,
Two little, to be lost
Parental anguish
Custody and fighting
Imagine their cost;
Cherubic faces smiling
From a Christmas past
Forever wanting,
Everyday of life
Happier than last;
Shells and stories
Trips to the beach
Ice cream cones and
Easter hunts and
Halloween candy treats;
Sugarplums of birthdays,
Dreams and dancing bears,
Within two little souls,
More painful than one heart
Than this poet could bare;
Sometimes I write
Tempered by a sexy muse,
Freed from my past
Exploited victim of abuse;
Upon seeing Ashley and Josh
Tears fell like Summer Rain
Sweeping me back someplace
That I'd rather not name;
Two little angels
Two little hearts
Golden In a flash
Of my minds eye;
Too little to notice
Aloft in feather softnes,
And Downy Soft Wings,
Side by Side,
Together Across Rainbows,
Unaware how high they can fly.

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Reviewed by Margo Maris 7/10/2004
(((((Donna))))) This is such a beautiful tribute. It was a heartbreaking story and it pains me to think about it, but your words expressed my feelings so much better than I could have done.
Reviewed by Marie Wadsworth 4/11/2004
Precious. I hope they find these little angels.
Reviewed by Steve Reichard (Reader) 4/8/2004
Very Heart-felt poem and such a beautiful tribute ((HUGS))

Reviewed by Bob Holt (Reader) 4/3/2004
That was a really terrible story, Donna. Your great tribute will keep the memory of those children alive for their family forever.
Reviewed by Linda Hill 3/30/2004
Excellent tribute Donna...
Thank you for taking Josh and Ashley's
tragedy and bringing them back to life
in our hearts. I'll see that the family
get's a copy of this beautiful poem.

Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 3/29/2004
Heartbreaking write..>
God bless
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/29/2004

not your usual syle, but o, so heartbreaking

God be with the mama :(


(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :(
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 3/29/2004
Dona this is so precious, so tender.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/29/2004
Such a waste, and such a senseless crime against two beautiful children! Beautiful tribute, though!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears <
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/29/2004
Angels for sure!!


Love Tinka
Reviewed by Floreann Cawley 3/28/2004
God Bless..Floreann
Reviewed by Vicky Jeter 3/28/2004
Doubtless Angels they are now, indeed.
So much more we may see upon the lifting of veils.
Blessings, Vicky
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/28/2004
I vividly remember this most tragic story. You've penned a very powerful piece, and a heartfelt tribute to them.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 3/28/2004
Oh how very sad, beautiful tribute to these lovely little angels,

Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 3/28/2004
This is so touching and well written....It is so sad that man can be so cruel!

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