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hoot_owl_rn
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Fourteen Children

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!)



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Alis volat propriis
(She flies with her own wings)
© Copyright 1999 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
Denise
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1 posted 11-10-1999 12:14 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is truly heartbreaking. Very well written, Ruth.

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Denise

Sally S.
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2 posted 11-10-1999 12:15 AM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

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.
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Extremely strong poem, Ruth, on such a tragic statistic. What a waste it is.
hoot_owl_rn
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Thank you Denise and Balladeer....sometimes things like that just hit me so strongly, perhaps my maternal instincts, who knows

Sally, I often think I'd like to have all the answers, but in turn, perhaps we are better off not knowing some times. Thanks for your reply
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Terrifying statstic!So heartbreaking.

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
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Hoot: Straight to the heart..

HUGS

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hoot_owl_rn
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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.
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Powerful poem, Hoot... well done!
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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.

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There are reasons far beyond what you realize that you were meant to see this article, to put it into proper form, and share it with us all. Thank you, Hoot, a/k/a [to me as] Keeper of the Heart.

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Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



[This message has been edited by Sunshine (edited 11-10-1999).]
Martie
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A thougtful and sad poem. We want our children to be safe always. It is so hard to find a reason for senselessness.
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Heartbreaking statistics....makes a mothers' heart cringe....
Your poem is powerful and deeply moving Ruth....

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suthern, RSEvans, Martie and pepper....thank you all for your kind replies

Sunshine...you are a dear, thank you.
hugs
Ruth
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That gave me shivers. It's so real, and yet I face the fact that I don't want to believe it. Very good, and I hope your child or anyone's else's will not be the next victim's.
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You have written a fine piece that hopefully will make all of us view what we read, and take as the norm, with a little more awareness.

Well done


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I cetainly find it newsworthy! I say a short prayer everytime my son leaves the house along with...be careful.
hoot_owl_rn
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Thank you everyone, maybe we can make a difference on this issue, I hope so one day at least
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Ruth, You have such a talent to take any situation and make a touching masterpiece. I know one day you will be behind the changing for the better the way children are treated.
hoot_owl_rn
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Lost Dreamer...thank you for bringing this one back up, it's a perfect compliment to my other right now
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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.
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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
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Ruth, you're on a mission - Keep up the good work...
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