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COLLATERAL DAMAGE

Accidents happen when we act in haste.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shot down.
Our conscience seared, while the world feared
another World War to ensue by angered crown.

Accidents happen when facts are ignored.
Air Algerie flight AH5017 did not get far.
While the world feared, our conscience seared
by safe passage of Castro’s daughter afar.

Accidents happen when deaf to another’s pleas - 
mother beating son to death, does not rhyme.
Our conscience seared, while the world feared
the death penalty for such a heinous crime.

Accidents happen when we don’t value life:
Four year old boy dragged to death in road carnage.
While the world feared, our conscience seared:
a hijacking gone wrong - collateral damage.

R I P 

© 2014 Suzette Richards

Poetry form: ZaniLa Rhyme

GLOSSARY
1. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine on 17 July 
2014; reportedly by Russian rebels, mistaking it for a military plane which was
also in the airspace at that time. 298 people lost their lives; many were 
children.
2. Air Algerie flight AH5017 Thursday (24 July 2014) crashed soon after 
takeoff from Burkina Faso. A Canadian family of 4 among the 116 dead. 
Casto’s (Cuba’s leader) daughter confirmed that she is OK – a passenger with 
the same name as hers, was on the ill fated flight.
3. Edinburgh High Court: (This week) Mikaeel Kular's mother has pleaded 
guilty to killing her three-year-old son, who she subjected to repeated assaults 
between January 12 and 15, 2014. His mother "lost her temper" when he was
repeatedly sick following a trip to a Nando's restaurant at the city's Fountain 
Park. His four siblings are in shock. 
4. Johannesburg: The death of 4-year-old Taegrin Morris, whose mother 
watched helplessly as he was dragged alongside her hijacked car on Saturday 
night (19 July 2014), made headline news. The body of 4-year-old Taegrin 
Morris was laid to rest on Saturday (26 July) at a funeral in Johannesburg.

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  1. Date: 7/29/2014 12:17:00 PM

    Heartbreak is everywhere, yet, you know if we did not have heart there would be none, one can not exist without the other. Light & Love
  1. Date: 7/28/2014 6:49:00 AM

    OH Suzette....my heart aches. What has gone wrong with this world? I live with carnage all the time here in this part of the world. People beheaded and their heads used as footballs...Slaughtered like sheep...all in the name of RELIGION....We are all HIS children! Oh...Thank you for posting this poem. It is so powerful...the content is so powerful, but you used the form to bring it even more clout! Great write. Bless you, my dear.

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