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and darkness finds us all
watching, reading, yet not
grasping how or why, and the
aftermath stabs at the hope
of humanity to rise above

the killing of the innocent
as we return with bleeding
hearts to the news informing
us what we already know
not wanting, to accept reality

remaining shocked to the core
of our spiritual being in this
place of so much confusion,
pain and misled intention
we swear to protect our ideal

stumbling forward in the dark
alleys of this world shining
our heart’s torch hoping, praying
that love, one day, will conquer
and for light to prevail

I dedicate these words to those carrying the memories
of the children whose smiles are no more.