Where Are The Children?

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris

In response to Photo Prompt by elmowrites 100 Word Story

Photo copyright – Roger Bultot ©

Where are all the children?
The playgrounds lay bare
empty of laughter
empty of shenanigans
gone are the playful squeals
of boys chasing girls
and girls capturing boys.

What manner of catastrophe
what evil pestilence or
devious war machine
has robbed this merry place
of joyful children running around
with exuberant abandonment
while attentive parents look on?

I see them! I have found the children!
Huddled safe in their homes clustered around their i-Toys, their a-Droids
and their boxes full of x’s, virtual guns and bombs. There’s their parents
on their devices, satisfying their vices in perfect disharmony.


  1. Sadje says:

    Awesome! Perfect disharmony it is indeed.

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    1. Thank you so much Sadje! ❤️

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome Ami

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  2. elmowrites says:

    When governments closed the playgrounds and forced kids to learn online, parents were out in the streets with placards while trying to hold down jobs which had gone 24hour and virtual too. The vices did not rest on the parents’ shoulders, but on those who made it happen.

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  3. Agreed. However, even before the pandemic, kids were addicted to their games and social media accounts and parents were addicted to online work, online chatting and online affairs. It started long ago unfortunately.


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