Thursday, June 5, 2008


I went on a spaceship
That looked like a bus
A bus that transported
All of us

Away from my mother
And my dad
I was afraid
And very sad

Where we were going
Nobody knew
It was something
They had to do

Questions were asked
Was I abused
What should I say
I was confused

Brothers and sisters
Went their own way
With a new family
I had to stay

Only one mom
This family had
And only one wife
For this dad

Inside their home
I never had seen
A TV set
With a flat screen

I-Pods, computers
The Internet
Whatever I saw
I’ll never forget

Old fashioned clothes
Were cast aside
Modern clothes
They did provide

Off to school
I had to go
What they were taught
I didn’t know

Meals that were eaten
Weren't home grown
A happy meal
I ate on my own

Many weeks later
My spaceship returned
A new way to live
Is what I had learned

By, Randee Saber 6/4/08

More than 400 child members of a polygamist sect began returning to their families on Monday after a judge lifted her order giving the state of Texas custody of the children.The youngsters were reunited with their parents as a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints said the sect would no longer sanctify marriages of girls under the legal age of consent.State District Judge Barbara Walther ordered parents to be ready for unannounced home visits by authorities to the sect's compound, the Yearning for Zion ranch in West Texas. The standoff between the FLDS and Texas authorities has gripped Americans with lurid allegations of adolescent brides, teenage pregnancies and a secretive sect on a remote ranch. The children were removed in early April after Family and Protective Services received a telephone call reporting that a 16-year-old girl named Sarah was being physically and sexually abused at the compound. "Sarah" was never identified. 'The parents are ecstatic at having a shot at getting their kids back, finally,' said Robert Doggett of Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, the lead attorneys for the children. The Texas Supreme Court ruled last week that the seizure of the children was unwarranted and ordered Walther to lift her April order granting their custody to the state. The compound is run by followers of jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, who are members of the renegade Mormon sect.