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Killing occurs in front of kids on crowded streets
When every conflict ends in senseless violence
And fear takes stage as death becomes routine
Looking for a meaning where one does not exist

It spreads far and wide jolting every corner of life
Inside churches, schools, and spaces in between
Where unthinkable happens attacking humanity
Probing each time why guns are sold like candy

Hearing their cries, tears reign saddened eyes
Those who didn't die asking why they survived
As the nation drowns in grief one more time
Immobilized, witnessing end of innocent lives

Friends they saw that day left without goodbye
Conversations interrupted filling in the blanks
Words unsaid cower listening to heart demur
Repulsed by ugliness, clinging to solemn faith 

Protests mount louder in the halls of Congress
Students deploy eloquence to confront inaction
Hearing again falsity nation has heard before
Fear gets replaced by a resolve to find answers

Millions have been counted as vocal protesters
Speaking intelligently to challenge lawmakers
Awakening goodness of freedom loving angels
Looking for our voice, to hear how much we care

Every movement relies on the goodwill of citizens
Its success originates in a rational conversation
Decipher again the words of second amendment
Nothing there envisions a bullet ridden nation

April 1, 2018
Social justice contest by John Hamilton
Societal discontent by Brendan Simons

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 4/18/2018 8:56:00 PM
Congratulations on your win so compassionately written. Although I disagree with some of your examples, I hate that anyone witness or be a victim of violence of any kind.
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Date: 4/18/2018 4:06:00 AM
Congratulations, Vijay on your win with such a touching poem.
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 4/18/2018 6:19:00 AM
Thank you Subimal.
Date: 4/17/2018 4:35:00 PM
Congrats on your very compassionate poem, Vijay.
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 4/18/2018 6:18:00 AM
Thank you Line.
Date: 4/17/2018 3:20:00 PM
An interesting and thought provoking piece Vijay, thanks for entering and congrats on placing!!
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 4/18/2018 6:18:00 AM
Thank you John.
Date: 4/8/2018 8:51:00 AM
We are very lucky to be living in Australia Vijay, which has a No Guns Policy, we get by quite well without them. Your free verse is so well expressed, its sad times we are living in. Good luck in the contest, winning material I see here....Maria
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 4/18/2018 6:18:00 AM
Thank you Maria.
Date: 4/3/2018 3:01:00 PM
dealing in guns seems to be the new politics today excellent pen striking its content vijay it strikes deeply at the human condition
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 4/18/2018 6:17:00 AM
Thank you liam.
Date: 4/3/2018 1:34:00 PM
Vijay, this sent shivers down my spine, the whole thing and I agree with your sentiments. I particularly enoyed this line : Hearing their cries, tears reign saddened eyes Those who didn't die asking why they survived Whole thing was amazing thanks for sharing it with us!
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 4/3/2018 1:44:00 PM
Many thanks Kyle..appreciate your kind words.
Date: 4/3/2018 2:21:00 AM
Excellent. Well expressed. Yes, no guns to youth. Beautifully written poetry. Thanks for sharing it.
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 4/3/2018 6:04:00 AM
Thank you Ravi..appreciate your comments.
Date: 4/2/2018 4:09:00 PM
no to guns for the youth... a searing piece that wakes man's consciousness, vijay... huggs
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 4/2/2018 4:38:00 PM
Many thanks nette--appreciate your thoughts and kind words.
Date: 4/2/2018 3:02:00 PM
- If I had ten thumbs ... I would bet all on this amazing writing, Vijay - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 4/2/2018 4:37:00 PM
Appreciate your cheerful comments, as a;ways, Anne-Lise...many thanks.
Date: 4/2/2018 8:17:00 AM
Simply excellent, Vijay. You have perfectly expressed how so many of us feel, well done !!
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 4/2/2018 12:27:00 PM
Thank you Mike..appreciate your kind feedback.
Date: 4/2/2018 8:09:00 AM
Eloquently written...with compassion and love...the solution probably has nothing to do with guns or mental illness, all a distraction...for the God of money and power...All the best Vijay
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 4/2/2018 12:26:00 PM
Thank you Arturo..appreciate your thoughts and kind words.
Date: 4/2/2018 8:05:00 AM
There is very little social justice in this world my friend.. Greed and power rule... Not what the common man wants.. This is one of your best writes in my opinion...
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 4/2/2018 12:25:00 PM
Thank you Silent One..appreciate your support and comments.
Date: 4/2/2018 7:07:00 AM
Congratulations my friend, Vijay, for writing this human too human poem at the moment humanity is in peril! May people listen ! God is delighted to see your poem!
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 4/2/2018 12:24:00 PM
Always happy to read your cheerful comments..many thanks my friend.
Date: 4/1/2018 11:43:00 PM
This poem is a masterpiece. I miss reading your beautiful poetry. Meanwhile I want to thank you for your comment on my post. I appreciate that very much.
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 4/2/2018 12:24:00 PM
Thank you Victor--appreciate your kind words..hope you feel better soon.
Date: 4/1/2018 9:07:00 PM
excellent , Vijay ! luck in the contest! Happy Easter hugs eve!
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 4/2/2018 12:23:00 PM
Thank you Eve..appreciate your kind words.
Date: 4/1/2018 5:35:00 PM
I am totally with you on this one, Vijay. People are taking that ammendment far too literally!
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Vijay Pandit
Date: 4/2/2018 12:23:00 PM
Thank you Andrea..always appreciate your thoughts and comments.