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Hear The Cries

Mr. President:

                         Please!  Hear the cries of the little children. Please! See the tears of unfathomable terror streaming down the small faces. Please! See the small eyes widened by a fear no child should ever know hiding under the desks and in the bathrooms of the one place, they should always feel safe.  Please! Feel the rapid beat of tiny hearts stricken by a level of terror and abject fear that would rock the very core of a seasoned combat veteran. Please! See the distraught terrorized faces of the teachers desperately trying, under a hail of gunfire, to preserve their lives and all the small souls entrusted to them. Please! See the stunned faces of the first responders and feel the sickening gut wrenching feeling they felt when they first walked in on this brutally violent scene.  Please! Feel the heart wrenching horror of a parent or grandparent getting this news and not knowing whether the child they sent off to school is ever coming home again. Please! Feel the inconsolable grief and unfettered anger when they find out that their little Johnny or Sara are not among the children who survived this unspeakable act of violence.
                          Please! Stop and consider the little people that will never again feel the warmth of the sun on their face, feel the loving kiss or the secure embrace of a loved one's arms, feel the pride of learning something the first time, or feel the surprise of seeing something the very first time. Please! Stop and consider a child never playing their first league sports game, never going to their first dance or prom, or never experiencing their first date or kiss from a special someone. Please! Hear the screams of innocence slaughtered these attacks on the soul of America must cease.   

Thank You
Kim Morrison aka Mr. Kim or Mr. "K"
Bus Driver.

This is a piece of prose I wrote right after the school shooting in Connecticut that I turned into a letter and sent off to the President. I never did receive any response back from him or his office.     

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  1. Date: 6/22/2013 12:52:00 PM
    wow! Kim, i love what you did here. a sad situation, why we are suffering from terrorism, and so on. I hope the letter got through to him. he needs to hear every individual out. you express what has been robbed from the children through the ages... thank you for this letter Kim... luv~ LINDA

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 6/22/2013 6:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank You Linda!
  1. Date: 6/1/2013 3:07:00 PM
    Kim I think our president feels the same as you but he made an effort and Congress just did nothing. It goes deeper than gun control too. I am afraid no amount of government can resolve this issue. It all comes down to family and how children are being raised in today's world. I think you wrote a great letter. Give it some time. I once wrote a poem for a president and I think I got back a letter a few months later. Hope you will get a letter. Luv, Andrea

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 6/1/2013 5:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No, I do not think gun control is a cure all for this issue, but making more of a effort to keep them out of the hands of maniacs and criminals would help a bit. If you are crazy enough to want to go into a place and murder a bunch of people, you should simply lean into the strike zone and take one for the team. There is no excuse for taking anyone with you. Kim
  1. Date: 5/31/2013 7:44:00 PM
    ps.......many many thanks for the enormous honor in your Nature contest. There were so many wonderful poem, I have been enjoying each one.

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 6/1/2013 5:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank You Carrie! The task choosing between all really good pieces of poetry is a daunting challenge.
  1. Date: 5/31/2013 7:43:00 PM
    This is such a heart-wrenching letter...I can hear you pouring every emotion into this declaration, Kim. So many of us who would like to share these words, these thoughts, feel so helpless. Just pouring out our hearts sometimes is all we can do, ... But we must not forget. We must keep trying to make changes, in every small way we can.

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 6/1/2013 5:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I was torn up by this horrible event and poured it out on paper. As a after thought, I decided to form it into a letter to the President. Once into a letter, I never wanted to change it back. Thank You Kim.
  1. Date: 5/30/2013 8:09:00 PM
    Very Sad, Kim. the imagery lives in our hearts. hear the cries. Excellent~SKAT~

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 5/31/2013 4:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks SKAT! I appreciate the compliment.
  1. Date: 5/30/2013 4:30:00 PM
    Kim sooo heart breaking writing it must have torn you up. Utterly terrible you have done a beautiful thing with this write ty for sharing Linda

    Morrison Avatar Kim Morrison
    Date: 5/30/2013 4:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank You! It did tear me up writing it. I hesitated some time before I put it up here because I kept going back and forth with leaving it in letter format or taking it back out of letter format. I was concerned it would not be received well this way, but it is prose. Kim