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A poem dedicated to the 20 children that past away before there time

1 Blue eyes, blond hair a smile of an angel
2 loud shots, blank stares, the fears of the devil
3 Short books sounding out words on mommy’s lap
4 time out because you were bad 
5 I love you have a good day listen and behave
6 tie your shoes, wash your hands and be polite
7 it’s 8 o’clock time for bed good night
8 Santa’s coming and checking the list so do as you’re told
9 Christmas lights and shining stars daddy lifts you and you’ll go far
10 A moment you will never forget, a text of life and death
11 Sirens and cops surround your life
12 Please God let them be all right 
13 Where are you, please come out.
14 Parents leaving with kids as you scream and shout
15 Waiting for the news you know will come
16 No it’s not true they have to come out
17 Arms and hugs pointed at you
18 All so cold all I want is you
19 I’m so sorry to tell you this
20 My world does not exist

A frozen moment of fear and hate.  A moment that breaks. 20- a number that didn’t mean much.. not until you were one of the 20 that didn’t come out.

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  1. Date: 12/16/2012 7:50:00 AM
    heart wrenching indeed. May God give the families the strength to endure. Unimaginable