Wyatt Early loved to pretend he was invisible;
Warren Caufield’s parents only wished he was.
Happy was the one’s life of make-believe—
of fooling the adults who were playing
their own game of pretend;
sad was the life of the boy
who wished that he was a doll
those other children played with,
or the invisible friend
they only pretended to.
In pining for the 5 more children she’d wanted,
but could never conceive,
she lost the 1 she had.
Every year, her parents had Photoshopped
an age-progressed image of her abducted brother
into their family portrait,
so that when she crossed his path many years hence,
she knew, with startling clarity,
the man he had become.