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A Vigil

December 14th a cold evil wind was in Play… From what had started to be a most beautiful day. It struck at the heart of Newtown, Connecticut Twenty children and seven adults were struck. The families grieve as the horror unfolded. A nation also grieves and mourns with all those souls. Candles will be lit, in vigils for all those slain. No one will forget there were twenty-seven names. Heroes, first responders, the news of the day… Can never bring back what has gone away. Tears and sadness have griped us all in their hands. We hold our dear loved ones, as together we stand. Children taken from loved ones… to angels they go. Sadness and tears, laid many a strong one low. We pray to God to now protect them in heaven above. As we sit here weeping, candle in hand, for all those loved. …………. Echoes of voices on a playground flow Families now childless with no where to go Children torn from their families, now angels bestowed Teachers and Principals followed as heroes, they strode Oh God, we feel so alone as church bells toll It could have been ours, which death stole Lives have been shattered by the mentally ill Were guns the cause? We’ll debate still Disbelief turned to grief for those left behind Tears from a nation as hands intertwined Vigils with candles, as a nation knows no one can win Stuffed animals are left as grief settles in, A biter pill to see the destruction inflicted It doesn’t come with answers and can’t be predicted Only tearful cries as the lost are interned As we await the next event to turn

Copyright © Carol Eastman

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  1. Date: 1/12/2013 12:42:00 PM
    An inspiring tribute to those lost. I am sure they appreciate it.

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 2:33:00 PM
    CAROL, stopping by to say hi and read your winning poem in the "" poetry soup VIGIL"'' contest by my sister Sidney... a nice and heartfelt poem to read. have yourself a good day. always & forever ~LINDA

  1. Date: 1/5/2013 11:54:00 AM
    Carole, you have penned the feelings of many who feel the grief felt by those personally affected by this tragedy. Your words will bring comfort to all who greive for the lost. I stand with you in prayer for them...... Jake

  1. Date: 12/30/2012 10:13:00 PM
    well, I guess somewhere there is a winners list but I have not seen it yet. I believe all who wrote poems for the vigil are on that list. So congratulations, and Carol, I wanted to tell you. Poetrysoup did a blog today telling people the steps they need to take to fix their systems and get rid of the error signs. I hope you will go read it right away. It's sure to help. Just look for the blog of team poetry soup.

  1. Date: 12/30/2012 6:46:00 PM
    Thanks for sharing your grief, Carol. After the shock wore off was when I was able to share mine. This is a very lovely tribute you've written. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year! Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 12/30/2012 5:48:00 AM
    A beautiful tribute Carol.I wish the loved ones of this unspeakable act could read this, as we a world mourn with them. Superb writing on a very sad subject. Hugs Anne

  1. Date: 12/29/2012 7:26:00 PM
    Carol, congrats with the warmness and compassion from your pen~SKAT

  1. Date: 12/29/2012 2:38:00 PM
    Carol; This is beautifully written. A great tribute to those souls that are not here anymore. may they now rest in peace. Thanks for sharing and for reading ( A Lonely Christmas ) Many blessings in the New Year. Lucilla

  1. Date: 12/27/2012 7:56:00 PM
    Your tribute is one of the best ones I have read. It's so detailed. Carol. And it asks a lot of questions that i hope we are able to answer in a quest to prevent this kind of tragedy again.

  1. Date: 12/26/2012 1:37:00 PM
    Yes, a bitter pill Carol....very well written. - Thank you for year 2012, many good poems and nice comments from you! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 12/25/2012 8:03:00 AM
    Bitterly sad, my dear friend! How can it be avoided... there are no simple answers! These lost souls will find a way! So so sad, the indescribable pain it causes. Love Jack

  1. Date: 12/23/2012 9:56:00 PM
    You did a wonderful job, Carol. Awful and so sad.