Fourteen children died today I know that fact is true I read it in a newspaper A small article hid from view
It wasnít a front page story But on the pages in between Hidden there so cleverly Not open to be seen
Fourteen children died today In the US by a gun Nine by homicide, four by suicide And by accident was one
Children killing children Because of differences in views And children dying at their own hands I find this front page news
Tomorrow fourteen more shots will ring Fourteen more kids will die And I pull my own kids closer As I bow my head and cry
Fourteen children will die today Before the setting of the sun Oh dear Lord, I beg of you Donít let my child be one
(I wrote this after reading the newspaper today and finding a small little blurp about the number of children that die in the US a day due to gunfire. It was shoved in a spot where people would overlook it easily, like they didn't think it to be newsworthy. As a mother of two, I find it very newsworthy!)
------------------ Alis volat propriis (She flies with her own wings)
We tend to take things for granted from time to time, don't we? I could NEVER imagine losing one of my children...and in such a violent manner!!! I wish there were answers. I have many questions. One day...
Thank you, Ruth. This is a powerful poem.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Thank you both Watcher and Rainbow, it is tragic and the tragedy lies in the fact that most of them with the right enforcement could be prevented. I only pray that none of us ever have to deal with losing a child like that.
on the threshold of a dream
A beautiful and touching poetic statement, Hoot. Only this morning in Tulsa a woman was changing a flat on her car on the shoulder of I-244 and was struck by not one, but two cars. All I could think of was my wife and what I would feel if this happened to her.
------------------ Once I was brilliant, now I no longer shine, but the twinkle in my eye speaks of another time.
Listening to every heart
Being a mother of 3 myself Ruth I agree with you! That is news! What a shame today I tell ya. To think twice about going out after dark or even going to school in the day. I guess we didn't have it so bad when we were kids. I know we certainly didn't have to worry bout those things then.
How awful! And part of the tragedy lies in the futility of it all. And I would like to add that it doesn't come from your maternal instincts alone but from your caring heart - for all types of people. K
Cape Cod Massachusetts USA